12 certificateCommon is a Film programme that first aired in 2014 and has been classified a 12 certificate.

Common is a 4 star programme

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Common (2014)

Directed by
David Blair

Writer Jimmy McGovern's drama based on the UK's controversial joint enterprise law.

When 17-year-old Johnjo gives his cousin and his friends a lift in his brother's car, he is unaware they are going to confront a local loudmouth who they feel needs putting in his place. As Johnjo waits in the car, one of them takes offence with an innocent bystander, who is fatally stabbed.

The murder victim is the eldest child of Margaret and Tommy Ward, who has become estranged from his family after a bitter divorce. Struggling to make ends meet on her own, Margaret is nevertheless determined to fight through bureaucracy and the cool indifference of the banks to give Thomas the send-off he deserves.

Johnjo makes his own way to the police station and lays the blame squarely with Kieran. However, career copper DI Hastings wants everyone possible to be tried for murder, and with the joint enterprise doctrine at his disposal, that includes Johnjo.

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Genre: Film

Running Time: 90 minutes (approx)

Production Year: 2014

4/5 Stars

Classification: 12 Certificate

Production Country: UK

Filmed in Colour

Made for TV


Image for Michelle FairleyMichelle Fairley...Shelagh
Image for Michael GambonMichael Gambon...Judge
Image for Nico MirallegroNico Mirallegro...Johnjo O'Shea
Image for Jodhi MayJodhi May...Coleen O'Shea
Image for Daniel MaysDaniel Mays...Tommy Ward
Susan Lynch...Margaret Ward
Robert Pugh...DI Hastings
Image for Andrew TiernanAndrew Tiernan...Peter O'Shea
Louise Delamere...DC Jane Pearson
Sammy Oliver...Julie Ward
Dean Smith...Hugo Davies
David Westhead...Barnes-Williams
Image for Jack McMullenJack McMullen...Colin McCabe
Andrew Ellis...Kieran Gillespie
Tanya Moodie...Jennifer Fielding