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One Summer (1983) is a British television drama series written by Willy Russell and directed by Gordon Flemyng. It stars David Morrissey and Spencer Leigh as Billy Rizley and Icky Higson, two Liverpool boys who run away to Wales one summer. It also starred James Hazeldine and Ian Hart (credited in the series as Ian Davies). The series was shown in five 50-minute episodes on Channel 4 from 7 August to 4 September 1983. It was later repeated on ITV in April 1985.

Produced by Yorkshire Television, the series was filmed from April to October 1982 in Liverpool, Yorkshire and Wales. Willy Russell had his name removed from the credits after disagreements with the producers, particularly taking umbrage to the casting of Morrissey and Leigh whom he considered too old to portray the 16-year-old lead characters (they were 18 and 19 respectively at the time of filming).[1]

One Summer was released on DVD in 2006, which includes interviews with Morrissey, Leigh and Hart.


  1. ^ Angelini, Sergio. "One Summer (1983)", Screenonline, British Film Institute. Retrieved on 11 December 2008.

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