White Heat

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  • 2012
  • 1 Season
  • 7.2  (704)

White Heat is a British TV drama that first aired in 2012 on BBC Two. The show, which is available to stream on Acorn TV, follows the lives of seven friends who lived together in a London flat in the 1960s, and who are reunited in the present day when one of their own dies.

The series is split into two timelines, with one taking place in the present day and the other starting in 1965 and spanning over a decade. The group of friends, Vera, Orla, Charlotte, Jay, Victor, Jack, and Lilly, come from very different backgrounds, but their shared experiences living together during a time of great social change shapes their lives.

Each episode takes a unique approach to storytelling, with the group of friends experiencing a different event that shaped them during the 1960s. From the Cuban Missile Crisis to the women's rights movement, the show does an excellent job of weaving in historical events into the narrative.

The present-day storyline serves as a framing device, with the friends coming together again to celebrate the life of one of their own. As they reconnect, they are forced to confront the secrets and grudges that they've been holding onto for decades. It is through these interactions that we learn more about the characters and how their lives have unfolded since they lived together in the 1960s.

The show's cast features a mix of established actors and rising stars, with MyAnna Buring (Twilight) playing Vera, the group's free-spirited artist, and Sam Claflin (The Hunger Games franchise) playing Jack, the political activist who has become disillusioned with the system. Lindsay Duncan (Birdman) also stars as Lilly, the group's matriarch who holds many of the secrets that the others are trying to uncover.

What sets White Heat apart from other period dramas is its focus on the social and political changes of the 1960s. The show explores issues such as feminism, race relations, and political activism in a way that feels genuine and meaningful. The characters are complex and flawed, and the show isn't afraid to tackle tough subjects, making it a standout drama.

Overall, White Heat is a thought-provoking and engaging drama that explores the impact of the 1960s on a group of friends who lived through it. With strong performances from its cast and a well-crafted narrative, the show is a must-watch for fans of period dramas and those who appreciate stories with depth and substance.

White Heat is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (6 episodes). The series first aired on March 8, 2012.

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Episode 6
6. Episode 6
April 12, 2012
The year is 1990 and Jay and Orla still live in the flat, but Jack has decided to sell it. The prospective sale inspires Orla to organize one last get together for the seven friends who have gone years without seeing one another.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
April 5, 2012
In 1982, Jack has succumb to his heroin addition, so Jay and Orla-the only ones still living in the flat-invite the other flat mates to return to help Jack get clean.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
March 29, 2012
In the winter of 1979, strikes cause chaos and a general election is imminent. The seven meet back at the flat where only three currently live. Jack�۪s regrets cause him to lash out at Charlotte, but the friends must put aside their drama to celebrate Alan and Lilly�۪s engagement.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
March 22, 2012
A fourth member of the flat arrives in the present. They remember 1973 when they reunited after years of being apart, when Alan had returned from working in America. Jay comes out to the group and is met with mixed reactions.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
March 15, 2012
In the fall of 1967 and graduation is right around the corner. Charlotte resists admitting the dysfunction of her relationship with Jack and Lilly leans on Orla when a personal crisis arrives. Victor and Jay must each confront their own demons.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
March 8, 2012
Charlotte returns to a flat she used to share with seven other students after one of them has recently passed away, Charlotte being the executor of the will. As she begins cleaning and the other friends arrive, memories of 1965 begin flooding back.
Where to Watch White Heat
White Heat is available for streaming on the Acorn TV website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch White Heat on demand at Amazon Prime.
  • Premiere Date
    March 8, 2012
  • IMDB Rating
    7.2  (704)