Bloody Kids

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Bloody Kids
Written byStephen Poliakoff
Directed byStephen Frears
StarringDerrick O'Connor
Music byGeorge Fenton
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
Producer(s)Barry Hanson
Running time91 minutes
Original release1980

Bloody Kids is a British television film written by Stephen Poliakoff and directed by Stephen Frears, made by Black Lion Films for ATV, and first shown on ITV on 22 March 1980.


Filming locations[edit]

Filmed in south east Essex, with locations in Southend-on-Sea,[1] Westcliff, Leigh-on-Sea and Canvey Island, the opening five minutes are of the bridge down to Leigh-on-Sea’s cockle sheds, with a lorry hanging over.

Furtherwick Park School Canvey Island,[2] was used for the school scenes, and Southend United's ground, Roots Hall, was used for the stabbing scenes.[3]

Disco scenes in Southend are notable for an early television appearance of Mel Smith playing the manager. Victoria Circus, Southend sea front and hospital are all used as locations, culminating in the final scene outside the Casino, Canvey Island, on a London double decker.


  1. ^ "Southend Timeline 1979". Retrieved 18 March 2019.
  2. ^ " TV detectives come to Canvey - Eveing Echo p. 18 September 2014". Retrieved 17 March 2019.
  3. ^ "Canvey set drama features host of screen starts before they were famous - Evening echo p.16 October 2015". Retrieved 18 March 2019.

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