Sources and references

There are two substantial collections of academic essays about Shane Meadows’ work.

Shane Meadows: Critical Essays, edited by Martin Fradley, Sarah Godfrey and Melanie Williams (Edinburgh University Press, 2013). In addition to a useful introduction, this includes the following valuable chapters in relation to This is England:

Forrest, David ‘Twenty-first century social realism: Shane Meadows and New British Realism’

Steans, Jill ‘No more heroes: the politics of marginality and disenchantment in Twenty Four Seven and This is England

Snelson, Tim and Sutton, Emma ‘A message to you, Maggie: 1980s skinhead subculture and music in This is England

Fradley, Martin and Kingston, Sean ‘”What do you think makes a bad dad?” Shane Meadows and fatherhood’

Rolinson, David and Woods, Faye ‘Is this England ’86 and ’88? Memory, haunting and return through television seriality’

Robert Murphy ‘After laughter comes tears: passion and redemption in This is England ‘88’.


There is also a special issue of the Journal of British Cinema and Television 10(4), 2013, which includes:

Scott, Jason ‘From local roots to global screens: Shane Meadows’ positioning in the ecology of contemporary British film’

Lebeau, Vicky ‘”Stick that knife in me”: Shane Meadows’ children’.


I have also drawn on the following articles:

Dave, Paul (2011) ‘Tragedy, ethics and history in contemporary British social realist film’, in David Tucker (ed.) British Social Realism in the Arts Since 1940 (Edinburgh, Edinburgh University Press)

Forrest, David (2009) ‘Shane Meadows and the British New Wave: Britain’s hidden art cinema’, Studies in European Cinema, 6(2-3): 191-201

Fuller, Graham (2011) ‘Misery loves company’, Film Comment 37, November-December

Hall, Sheldon (2006) ‘Shane Meadows’,

Johnson, Beth (2017) ‘This is England: authorship, emotion and class telly’, in David Forrest and Beth Johnson (eds.) Social Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain (London: Palgrave Macmillan)

Lay, Samantha (2007) ‘Good intentions, high hopes and low budgets: contemporary social realist film-making in Britain’, New Cinemas: Journal of Contemporary Film 5(3): 231-244

Pope, Andy (2016) ‘Thatcher’s sons? 1980s boyhood in British Cinema, 2005-2010’, Boyhood Studies 9(1): 22-39


The Indie London interview with Meadows can be found at: I have also made use of an interview in the Guardian (at and a dossier of interviews with Meadows, Turgoose and McClure in the Journal of British Cinema and Television (above).


Useful popular histories of the period can be found in:

McSmith, Andy (2011) No Such Thing As Society: A History of Britain in the 1980s (London, Constable)

Turner, Alwyn W. (2013) Rejoice! Rejoice! Britain in the 1980s (London, Aurum Press)