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The Rotters' Club 

Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Coe about three friends growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s.
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Series cast summary:
Geoffrey Breton ...  Ben Trotter 3 episodes, 2005
Kevin Doyle ...  Colin Trotter 3 episodes, 2005
Rebecca Front ...  Sheila Trotter 3 episodes, 2005
Alice O'Connell Alice O'Connell ...  Lois Trotter 3 episodes, 2005
Sebastian Harding Sebastian Harding ...  Paul Trotter 3 episodes, 2005
Nicholas Shaw ...  Doug Anderton 3 episodes, 2005
Hugo Speer ...  Bill Anderton 3 episodes, 2005
Elizabeth Berrington ...  Irene Anderton 3 episodes, 2005
Rasmus Hardiker ...  Philip Chase 3 episodes, 2005
Sarah Lancashire ...  Barbara Chase 3 episodes, 2005
Mark Williams ...  Sam Chase 3 episodes, 2005
Julian Rhind-Tutt ...  Nigel Plumb 3 episodes, 2005
Alice Eve ...  Cicely Boyd 3 episodes, 2005
Cara Horgan ...  Claire Newman 3 episodes, 2005
Roderick Smith Roderick Smith ...  Donald Newman 3 episodes, 2005
Rafe Spall ...  Sean Harding 3 episodes, 2005
Peter Bankole ...  Steve Richards 3 episodes, 2005
Henry Lloyd-Hughes ...  Culpepper 3 episodes, 2005
Chris Rankin ...  Waring 3 episodes, 2005
Geoffrey Whitehead ...  Headmaster 3 episodes, 2005
Tony Haygarth ...  Jack Forrest 3 episodes, 2005
Christine Tremarco Christine Tremarco ...  Miriam Newman 2 episodes, 2005
Patrick Haviland Patrick Haviland ...  Everett the Drummer 2 episodes, 2005
Andrew Tiernan ...  Roy Slater 2 episodes, 2005
Hugh Bonneville ...  Voice of Adult Ben 2 episodes, 2005
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Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais' adaptation of the novel by Jonathan Coe about three friends growing up in Birmingham in the 1970s.

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English

Release Date:

26 January 2005 (UK) See more »

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Isle of Man See more »

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(3 parts)

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Stereo

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Color
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The title is a reference to the school nicknames for Ben Trotter and Lois Trotter: "Bent Rotter" and "Lowest Rotter". See more »

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Referenced in Drama Connections: Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (2005) See more »

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Brilliant evocation of Britain in the 1970s
3 February 2005 | by Paddy-49See all my reviews

The 1970s are in some ways a forgotten decade. If you mention the 1960s then everyone has an image of what it means (even if they weren't there). The Beatles; free love; political protests; the Kennedys; Profumo... But the 70s? In The Rotters Club we are reminded (those of us who were around at the time) what it was like to be young in the era of IRA bombs; strikes; punk rock; Watergate; the Austin Allegro...

The TV adaptation of Jonathon Coe's novel is brilliantly descriptive of the times. Not just visually (although the settings are very authentic) but in terms of attitudes. The stifling moralities of family life. The racism that rumbled only just below the surface. The opportunity that a good education gave young people (so much greater than those of their parents). The hypocrisy of failed marriages struggling on for no particular reason - and the exciting chances that a more sexually liberated society (helped by the Pill) gave for escape.

This is an utterly British story and would probably seem very odd to anyone other than us Brits. As the John Cleese character in "A Fish called Wanda" says "Have you any idea how awful it is to be English". The Rotters Club will show you why!


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