Reports below detail how Willy Russell
the screenwriter was unhappy
with aspects of the production and as a result his name was removed from
It is interesting to note that Willy Russell's name did reappeared in later rerun screenings, and was credited in ITV publicity from 1985.
Until recently, Granada Media stated that the program could not be sold or rescreened due to instructions from Willy Russell. However a breakthrough in 2005 has now seen the DVD rights secured, and a DVD release is due in January 2006 from Network DVD.
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TV Row over Russell series (Liverpool Echo 27/06/83): text image
Russel pulls out after TV clashs (Liverpool Daily Post 28/07/83): text image
Row Over Willy's back street kids (Liverpool Echo 4/07/83): text image
Review by John Williams (Liverpool Daily Post 13/07/83): text image
That Summer gem gave us so much pleasure (Assumed Liverpool Echo ?/?/1984)
And an interesting war of words
Yet Again, The Blacker Side 13/08/1983