Clocking Off

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Clocking Off
Genre Drama
Created by Paul Abbott
Written by Paul Abbott
Danny Brocklehurst
Jan McVerry
John Fay
Starring Siobhan Finneran
Jason Merrells
Philip Glenister
Lisa Millett
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 4
No. of episodes 27
Running time 55 minutes
Production company(s) Red Production Company
Original network BBC One
Original release 23 January 2000 (2000-01-23) – 6 April 2003 (2003-04-06)

Clocking Off is a British television drama series which ran on the BBC One network for four series from 2000 to 2003. It was produced for the BBC by the independent Red Production Company, and created by Paul Abbott.

It was effectively an anthology programme, following the lives of a group of workers at a Manchester textile factory, with each episode focusing on the home life of a different character. Well-known actors who appeared in the series included Christopher Eccleston, Sophie Okonedo, Philip Glenister, John Simm, Lesley Sharp, Siobhan Finneran, Emma Cunniffe, Diane Parish, David Morrissey, Ricky Tomlinson, Julian Rhind-Tutt, William Ash, Ben Crompton, Jack Deam, Jack P. Shepherd, Tina O'Brien, Jason Merrells, Pam Ferris, Wil Johnson, Ashley Jensen, Susan Cookson, Mark Benton, Sarah Lancashire, Crissy Rock, Marshall Lancaster, Marc Warren, Claire Sweeney and Maxine Peake.

The series was highly acclaimed by the critics, winning the British Academy Television Award for Best Drama Series in 2001. However, over the course of the following two years Abbott's work on the series decreased as he moved on to other projects. Nonetheless, every series was nominated for a BAFTA and other writers such as Danny Brocklehurst, John Fay and Jan McVerry wrote successful stand-alone episodes. The programme finally ended, after a series with no Abbott scripts at all, in 2003.

Twenty-seven episodes were produced across the four series, and in 2004 the first series was released on DVD.

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