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Blood on the Dole (1994)

Blood on the Dole follows four teenagers struggling with life after leaving school in a deprived area of Merseyside.


Pip Broughton


Jim Morris




Cast overview, first billed only:
Stephen Walters ... Joey Jackson
Suzanne Maddock Suzanne Maddock ... Cathy Thompson
Rachel Caldwell Rachel Caldwell ... Jean Kavanagh
Aneirin Hughes Aneirin Hughes ... David Williams
Philip Dowd Philip Dowd ... Ricky Jones
Amanda Mealing ... Laura
Gill West Gill West ... Job Centre Receptionist
Jodie Draper Jodie Draper ... Job Centre Receptionist
Kevin Knapman Kevin Knapman ... Dealer (as Kevin Jones)
Jake Abraham Jake Abraham ... Paul Price
Rachel Maxwell ... Tracey Ryan
Alan Igbon ... Art Gallery Attendant
Andrew Schofield ... Post Office Supervisor
Dilys Price Dilys Price ... Mrs. Williams
Elwyn Hughes Elwyn Hughes ... Mr. Williams


Blood on the Dole follows four teenagers struggling with life after leaving school in a deprived area of Merseyside.

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Release Date:

18 October 1994 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alan Bleasdale Presents Blood on the Dole See more »

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Jab Films See more »
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Bleak, British drama at it's finest!
11 October 2001 | by boffinsSee all my reviews

Blood on the dole is a great film adapted from a play. It follows the progression/plight of two scouse lads on leaving school and clashing with Mr Williams the Welsh P.E. teacher, to moving out into the real world! Only its not that simple this is Liverpool, England jobs are few and far between and there's a recession etc! Also tracking down and bumping into the two girls that 'Ricky' and 'Joey' were quite partial to at school! Only shame is they don't feel the same as and one is 'seeing' Mr Williams which becomes aware towards the end. after struggling in state and illegal jobs the lads try their own roofing job, then go separate ways one setting his own Buisness up (despite having no money) the other out into the army. There then follows a moving climax which brings Joey close to the girl he loves. Blood on the dole is moving, bleak and at times funny. But none the less a joy to watch and great performances from the two leads! 8/10

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