Loved Up

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Cover of 1999 BBC VHS release of the play

Loved Up is a BBC drama, first shown on TV on 23 September 1995 on the BBC 2 Originally this was a school information Film for tennagers to show the risks of taking ecstacy, first shown to schoolchildren in the UK in 1992 and was partLove Bites series. The film was directed by Peter Cattaneo, who would go on to direct the feature films The Full Monty (1997) and Lucky Break (2001). Starring Lena Headey, Ian Hart and Jason Isaacs, it includes an early appearance by Danny Dyer, who subsequently starred in the 1999 film, Human Traffic, which explored similar themes of clubbing and drug culture. The drama is notable for being the first collaboration between BBC Drama Screen Two ( BBC Two ) and Scene (BBC Education) with series associate producer Andy Rowley. Loved Up won a BAFTA award as Best Children's Drama in 1996 [1]


The story revolves around Tom, played by Ian Hart, who meets Sarah (Lena Headey) in the cafe in which she works. She is quickly swept up in Tom's lifestyle, where she finds escape from her traumatic family life.

The film follows her path into the world of clubbing and ecstasy, her personal relationship with Tom, and her growing family pressures. The film culminates with Sarah's mother's drinking problem leading to an attempted suicide, and Sarah asking Tom for help by leaving him a vague answerphone message he does not actually receive in time to be able to do anything. Sarah ends her relationship with Tom, and the film finishes with Tom dropping another pill, and dancing his troubles away.


A 2 x 30 minute abridged version of the story (the original screening was 70 minutes) was screened as part of the BBC Schools Scene series in October 1995, and subsequently repeated a number of times.


A soundtrack to accompany the film was also produced and featured artists such as The Prodigy, Orbital and Leftfield.

Loved Up (original release)[edit]

The first release of the soundtrack was 1 CD and according to has the following track listing (note that Plastic Dream should be Plastic Dreams): This Cd was compiled by Peter Whelan & Brian Monaghan AKA Flystyle & Mello in Node recording studios on SADIE digital editing system.

(Title / Artist)

  1. Smoke Belch II - Sabres Of Paradise
  2. Crystal Clear - Grid
  3. Prologue - 10th Chapter
  4. Two Full Moons And A Trout - Union Jack
  5. Little Bullet - Spooky
  6. Gut Drum Mix - Funtopia
  7. Plastic Dream - Jaydee
  8. Break And Enter - Prodigy
  9. Acperience - Hardfloor
  10. Surjestive - Advances
  11. Melt - Leftfield

Totally Loved Up[edit]

The soundtrack was re-released as Totally Loved Up with an additional CD, and on vinyl, containing more music from the film. Discogs ( has the track listing as follows:


(Artist / Title)
01 Grid, The - Crystal Clear 4:31
02 Bedrock - For What You Dream Of 6:43
03 Funtopia - Do You Wanna Know (Gut Drum Mix) 6:02
04 Hardfloor - Acperience 8:04
05 Union Jack - Two Full Moons And A Trout 7:05
06 Orbital - Attached 12:12
07 Rebound - Make It Funky 7:38
08 Surjestive - Advances 4:55
09 Spooky - Little Bullet Part 1 7:28
10 Leftfield - Melt 4:27


(Artist / Title)
01 Richard Kirk - Oneski 5:31
02 Tenth Chapter - Prologue 6:30
03 Grid, The - Shapes Of Sleep 6:06
04 Union Jack - Lollipop Man 6:21
05 Prodigy, The - Full Throttle 4:48
06 A Zone - Calling The People 5:26
07 Banco De Gaia - Soufie 6:42
08 Jaydee - Plastic Dreams 10:05
09 Leftfield - Song Of Life 7:10
10 Orbital - Forever 7:56
11 Sabres Of Paradise - Smokebelch 2 (Beatless Mix) 4:16


Released as a triple record set (catalog number PRIMA LP 2), with the following track listing:

Record A Side 1
- Sabres Of Paradise - Smokebelch 11 (Beatless Mix) 4.14
- Prodigy, The - Break and Enter 8.24
Record A Side 2
- Suggestive - Advances 5.46
- Spooky - Little Bullet Part 1 8.10
Record B Side 1
- Grid, The - Crystal Clear 4:36
- Hardfloor - Acperience 9.00
Record B Side 2
- Union Jack - Two Full Moons And A Trout 7.46
- Leftfield - Melt 5.11
Record C Side 1
- Bedrock - For What You Dream Of 7.25
- Jaydee - Plastic Dreams 5.24
Record C Side 2
- 10th Chapter - Prologue 6.52
- Funtopia - Gut Drum Mix 6.22

Video release[edit]

The film was released on VHS in 1999, but is now deleted. As of June 2013, it has not been released on DVD.



  1. ^ "Search Results : Loved Up". Retrieved 2014-08-08. 

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