From Newcastle to Nashville: The Northern Soul of Jimmy Nail

James Leggott*

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Newcastle-born Jimmy Nail became an overnight star in 1983 as a result of his striking performance as a Geordie bricklayer, Oz, in Auf Wiedersehen Pet. This chapter focuses in particular upon the television shows Spender and Crocodile Shoes which Nail produced at the height of his television fame in the early 1990s. It suggests how their nuanced articulations of regional identity and realism can be read through an auteurist recognition of Nail’s own ambivalence towards his former home and his career trajectory.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSocial Class and Television Drama in Contemporary Britain
EditorsDavid Forrest, Beth Johnson
PublisherPalgrave Macmillan
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)9781137555069
ISBN (Print)9781137555052
Publication statusPublished - 9 May 2017


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