THE 1996 TV drama that helped establish Wirral-born actor Daniel Craig as a household name is to repeated by the BBC as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations.

BBC Four has announced a new weekly slot dedicated to exclusive screenings of classic dramas, including a handpicked selection from the BFIs list of 100 landmark BBC TV programmes that “changed the face of television.”  

The BFI’s 100 BBC Television Gamechangers was compiled by the Institute’s expert team of television curators, archivists, and programmers and highlights the BBC TV programmes that have had a “transformative impact on television and society over the last century of broadcasting.”

Starting on May 25 an array of classic dramas will be shown every Wednesday at 10pm on BBC Four with one of the programmes featured 1996's Our Friends In The North.

The drama about four friends, played by Craig, Christopher Eccleston, Gina McKee and Mark Strong, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne is described as a “highly significant state of the Nation piece that puts a whole era into perspective” by the BFI.

Boys From The Blackstuff - the hugely acclaimed series written by playwright Alan Bleasdale which follows five unemployed tarmac layers in Bleasdale’s home city of Liverpool - will also be shown.

James Stirling, BBC 100 Executive Editor, said: “The BFI’s expert team of curators have produced a fascinating list of BBC TV programmes that have transformed broadcasting over the last 100 years, both across the UK and around the world.

"BBC Four will delve into the BBC’s library of rich content to share a selection of the boundary-pushing and era-defining dramas from the BFI’s list with audiences throughout centenary year with a new Wednesday night slot.”