1995 (1996)

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Last part of the nine part drama. Nicky and Mary meet after eight years apart when Nicky, now living in Italy, returns to the North East for Florrie's funeral. Felix is in the grip of Alzheimer's disease and no longer recognises people around him or what is going on. Nicky finds out more about his father and learns of his lifetime feeling of failure after the Jarrow March achieved nothing. In an attempt to change this feeling in his father Nicky takes him to see a Mrs Wilson in Yorkshire who remembers the Jarrow marchers, including Felix, coming through her village and the admiration of the people for them. However, Nicky is frustrated as it is impossible for Felix to register what is being said to him. Mary and Anthony are again on opposing sides as they have to deal with unrest on a local estate, Anthony as a community policeman and Mary as Newcastle MP. Sean Collins, son of Christopher Collins, is allowed to run wild, being neglected by both mother and father and spending his time getting into trouble and joyriding. People on the estate want the family moved, but Anthony sticks up for him. Tosker has become successful again, and he and Elaine prepare to open their floating nightclub on the Tyne. Geordie turns up and encounters Sean Collins by the river. He goes to the floating nightclub looking for work and is recognised by Elaine. Tosker is not pleased to see him at first, worried about Geordie's state of mind, looks and prison record for arson. However, he relents and offers Geordie a place to stay at his and Elaine's house, as well as a job playing keyboards with the band who will be playing on the opening night. Mary is on her way to the opening night when Anthony calls round and announces that he is leaving his wife and children. The two row and Anthony pours out his resentments about her. Nicky and Geordie meet in a bar for a drink. Just as they are leaving for Tosker's opening night, Geordie spots Sean who has come to see his father, desperate for some communication and acknowledgement. When Collins is brusque with his son and tries to get rid of him Geordie is moved to interfere and beg him to talk with his son, only to be head-butted. An angry and upset Sean steals a car and speeds off, subsequently to crash into a wall at high speed, killing himself. Since Geordie fails to turn up, Tosker finally achieves his dream of playing with a band and he and Elaine are happy at the night's success. At Florrie's funeral the four friends are reunited again. Just after Mary leaves, Nicky impetuously chases after her car, realising that he wants to renew their relationship and seizing the moment.

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