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Updated: 11 March 2017
Comedy Romance

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This period rom-com, set in 1985, stars James McAvoy (pictured, left) as Brian Jackson, a 1980s working-class boy stumbling romantically and academically through his first year at Bristol University.

Amid the chaos, Brian achieves his lifelong ambition to appear on TV quiz show University Challenge, falling for team-mate Alice (Alice Eve), although he may have more in commmon with his counterculturalist chum, Rebecca (Rebecca Hall).

Adapted by David Nicholls from his best-selling novel, the performances are strong, and there's a tremendous period soundtrack. Highly recommended.


Brian Jackson
James McAvoy
Alice Harbinson
Alice Eve
Dominic Cooper
Simon Woods
Rebecca Epstein
Rebecca Hall
Lucy Chang
Elaine Tan
John Henshaw
Michael Harbinson
Charles Dance
Nigel De Havilland
Raj Ghatak
Julie Jackson
Catherine Tate
Patrick Watts
Benedict Cumberbatch
Bamber Gascoigne
Mark Gatiss
Dr. Morrison
Guy Henry
James Corden
Rose Harbison
Lindsay Duncan