A powerful tale of love, loyalty and betrayal set in early 1980s Edinburgh, the story centres on John Joseph McCann (JoJo,) a thief with attitude, and those nearest and dearest to him: Lorraine a would be Marilyn Monroe look-alike who falls in love with him; and Clare, his sharp young lawyer.
JoJo’s love of crime started when he was a child, when he pilfered cash boxes for his father. He’s been in and out of prison ever since.
He lives in a housing estate with his mother and sister at a time when, virtually overnight, hard drugs followed by AIDS arrive in housing estates across the UK. As drug dealing becomes rife in the city, Jo Jo is tempted into a new line of business.
Robert Carlyle (The Full Monty, Hamish Macbeth) leads the cast in this character-led BBC drama alongside Kevin McKidd, a fellow Trainspotting alumini, and Jenny McCrindle.