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Scully (TV series)

Created by Alan Bleasdale
Starring Andrew Schofield
Ray Kingsley
Mark McGann
Richard Burke
Cathy Tyson
Jean Boht
Tom Georgeson
Judith Barker
Sam Kelly
Elvis Costello
Gary Bleasdale
Gilly Coman
Tony Haygarth
Country of origin UK
No. of episodes 7
Running time 30 minutes x 6
60 minutes x 1
Original channel Channel Four
Original run 14 May 1984 – 25 June 1984

Scully was a British television drama with some comedy elements set in the city of Liverpool, England, that originated from a BBC Play For Today episode "Scully's New Years Eve" (3 January 1978). Originally broadcast on Channel Four in 1984, the single series was spread over six half-hour episodes plus a one-hour final episode. It was written by playwright Alan Bleasdale. The drama is notable for featuring many of the Liverpool football club first-team squad of that era.

The estate parts were filmed in Longsight, Manchester. On the 'Anson Road' estate.

The school building featured is the 'Central High School for Boys' on Pink Bank Lane, which is off Kirkmanshulme Lane in the Belle Vue/ Gorton area of Manchester. The extras used in the school/classroom scenes were pupils of the school.

Francis Scully (played by Andrew Schofield) is a teenage boy who has his heart set on gaining a trial match for Liverpool to hopefully fulfil his ambition of playing for the club. Francis, in everyday situations during his waking hours, occasionally "sees" famous Liverpool players such as Kenny Dalglish when they are not really there. These dream-like sequences recur throughout the episodes.

The main plotline concerns the efforts of Scully's school teachers to persuade Scully to appear in the school pantomime which they attempt by promising him a trial with his beloved Liverpool if he will cooperate. When Scully and his friends are not in school making trouble for the teachers and the school caretaker, they are seen roaming the local streets upsetting the neighbours and getting into trouble with the police. Scully sometimes has visions of the school caretaker appearing as a vampire due to the caretaker's nickname being Dracula. These frequent waking dream sequences give the show a somewhat surreal atmosphere.

English musician and songwriter Elvis Costello played Scully's brother. Costello also wrote and performed the show's theme song "Turning The Town Red".

The complete series was released on DVD in 2006 as a two-disc set from Network DVD.[1]

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