Burn It (2003– )

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Carl, Jon and Andy have been mates forever. They are Generation X # hardened party animals but their party train is grinding to a halt.


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14 June 2011 | lucy-stokes
| Burn It is the most compelling drama ever to be broadcast on the BBC
The above review is, unfortunately, about a completely different TV show. Burn It has nothing to do with websites or the internet in any way.

Burn It was a TV drama, set in Manchester in the early noughties, about a group of friends approaching 30 who don't quite want to give up their youth yet.

Having grown up in the Madchester scene and the rave culture of the 90s, Jon, Carl, Andy and Emma paint a picture of Generation X-ers - more used to drug-fueled parties in abandoned warehouses than the commitment and responsibilities of adulthood. Set to a backdrop of The Verve, New order, the Charlatans and the Stone Roses, Burn It follows the group of friends as they are forced to look at their lives, deal with their pasts and face their demons - all while coming to term with the fact their 20s are nearly over.

Broadcast on BBC Three and later BBC2 in 2003, Burn It remains, to this day, the best drama ever to be shown on the BBC. It's hard to say whether it's the truly brilliant screenplay by Matt Greenhalgh, the convincing characters portrayed by an amazing cast (Chris Coghill - Eastenders, Lisa Faulkner - Casualty, William Ash - Waterloo Road, Kieren O'Brien - Coronation St, Greuy)or the excellent soundtrack, but whatever it is, there's something about Burn it that makes it stand out from any other TV drama ever made.

Burnt It has most definitely developed it's own cult following. Although it seems very few people have actually had the chance to see it (repeats stopped some years ago and it never made it to DVD), many of those that have, like me, have developed some kind of obsession with the show.

Over two series it shows a part of society who do not always want to fit in to a stereotypical lifestyle; who don't want to grow old, who do not want to follow convention and who don't want to give up the lust for life that defined their lives in their 20s.

And it's that raw energy and passion for life, coupled with believable characters and believable lives that makes Burn It the most compelling, truly outstanding, touching drama ever to be made.

Just please, bring it out on DVD!


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