one summer

one summer

A fan site dedicated to the 5 part TV series produced by Yorkshire Television for Channel 4, broadcast in 1983

Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Gordon Flemyng
Produced by Keith Richardson

Starring David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh & James Hazeldine

A fan site dedicated to the 5 part TV series produced by Yorkshire Television for Channel 4, broadcast in 1983

Written by Willy Russell
Directed by Gordon Flemyng
Produced by Keith Richardson

Starring David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh & James Hazeldine

about this site

This site celebrates the powerful drama One Summer, about two troubled Liverpool lads who escape in pursuit of a distant idyllic memory of a school trip to Wales, and the reclusive Kidder who befriends them. 

Produced by Yorkshire television in 1983 to great acclaim, but also controversy, it had a huge impact on a generation of UK teens, and almost 40 years later is still seared into the memories of many of those that saw it. 

Written by influential Liverpudlian playwright Willy Russell, and starring newcomers David Morrissey and Spencer Leigh, the series developed a cult following, despite a major controversy leading to the series being virtually unseen following its original broadcast. After years of lobbying, the series was finally released in 2005 on DVD, and now in 2020 is available on Blu-ray.

This website is currently under construction, and the original version, which includes much more extensive information is still available at one-summer.tv83.net

dedication and thanks

Dedicated to the memory of James Hazeldine, and with enormous thanks to David Morrissey, Spencer Leigh and Keith Richardson for sharing their memories, memorabilia and continued support.

blu-ray release

Network who produced the excellent and long dreamt of DVD release in 2005, have announced a completely remastered HD Blu-ray, produced from the original film elements.  

Currently the Blu-ray can only be ordered directly for the neworkonair website.

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filming locations

One Summer was filmed on location in Liverpool and Wales, as well as around Yorkshire and the Yorkshire TV studios in Leeds. Read on to discover more.

 

press clippings

The first screening of One Summer was met with a great deal of controversy. We have a fascinating stash of contemporary press articles that document this.

interviews

Read our exclusive interviews with David Morrissey and Spencer Leigh. You’ll also find a short interview with Jane West (Jo) and feedback from other production crew.

as Billy Rizley

David Morrissey was born in 1963 in Liverpool. He was attended the local Everyman Youth Theatre when cast as Billy in One Summer, and he celebrated his 18th birthday during filming.

Following the success of One Summer, David was accepted into RADA, later acting with the Royal Shakespeare Company and National Theatre for four years. He has since had a highly successful career on stage and screen in the UK and internationally as both an actor and director.

as Icky Higson

A native of Liverpool, Spencer Leigh also attended the Everyman Youth Theatre and later studied full time at a Liverpool Drama college. He was 19 when cast as Icky.

He appeared in a range of film and TV in the 1980s, most notably many films by avant-garde director Derek Jarman, including Caravaggio, The Last of England, Aria and The Garden. His TV appearances included the premiere episode of Inspector Morse.

In 1991 Spencer Leigh moved to the United States where he has worked in advertising and directing.

David Morrissey

Born in 1963 in Liverpool. He attended the local Everyman Youth Theatre, and went on to train at RADA. One Summer was David Morrissey's screen debut at the age of 17. Since then he has had a very successful career in the UK and abroad.

as Kidder

Born 4th April 1947, James Hazeldine died on 17th Dec 2002, aged 55. He was rehearsing for his role as Sigmund Freud in a new stage play, The Talking Cure, at the time.

Best know for playing Bayleaf in the firefighting drama London's Burning, a role he played continuously for seven years from 1988 to 1995. His other TV appearences included the popular sci-fi series The Omega Factor, and Chocky. James Hazeldine was also an accomplished and successful stage actor.

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