Shane Meadows on future of ‘This Is England’: ‘It’s a hard thing to shut off’

Director of 'This Is England' says the current series won't necessarily be the last

Writer-director Shane Meadows has suggested that This Is England ’90 won’t necessarily mark the end of his Sheffield-based saga.

Episode one of the four-part miniseries, which follows on from Meadows’ 2006 film This Is England and previous miniseries This Is England ’86 and This Is England ’88, aired last night on Channel 4 to overwhelmingly positive reviews.

Though Meadows has previously suggested that This Is England ’90 would be the series’ final instalment, he recently told NME that he hasn’t ruled out reviving the saga in the future.

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Asked if This Is England ’90 is really the end of the series, he replied: “Hard to say. Imagine a group of mates you meet up with – it might only be every two or three years, but you hook up in your old town, in the old pub you used to go in. That’s what it’s like for us. It’s a hard thing to shut off. “

“The only reason we would never come back again is if a story didn’t arise that was worthy or needed telling,” Meadows added. “At the moment there isn’t another series that exists in my head, but as this one has proved, you can have a couple of years on the sidelines and then things can formulate. I’ve given people an ending I’m really proud of on this one, if it does turn out to be the last one. But never say never.”

During his recent interview with NME, Meadows also discussed how his Stone Roses documentary Made Of Stone affected the way he made This Is England ’90read the full Q&A here.

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