UK / BBC One / 1×70 minute episode / Broadcast 30 January 1979
Writer: Dennis Potter / Music: Marc Wilkinson / Producer: Kenith Trodd / Director: Brian Gibson.
Series: Play For Today / Season 9 Episode 15
Period drama. In the 1930’s a group of children spend a summer playing in woods near their homes until their lives are touched by tragedy.
One of the key Dennis Potter productions and utilising one of his favourite techniques of having the roles of the children all played by adult actors. Here it works superbly well.
cast HELEN MIRREN as Angela ROBIN ELLIS as John COLIN WELLAND as Willie MICHAEL ELPHICK as Peter COLIN JEAVONS as Donald [...]
UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 22 March 2015 at 9.00pm
Writer: Debbie Horsfield / Director: Ed Bazalgette
Series: Poldark / Season 1 Episode 3
Ross has to show a brave face when he attends the christening of Elizabeth and Francis’s child, he is none too impressed though when he overhears gossip.
Wheal Leisure has been re-opened but requires more money when ironstone is hit (it mean the miners will have to blast their way through it).
Meanwhile Ross has offered a cottage (rent free) to Zack’s son Jimmy and his pregnant girl which will enable the couple to get married but things run awry when Jimmy is accused of poaching [...]
UK / ITV Network – ATV / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 12 September 1971 @ 10.15pm
Writer: Michael Robinson / Production Design: Anthony Waller / Executive Producer: Cecil Clarke / Director: Valerie Hanson
Series: Sunday Night Theatre / Season 1 Episode 25
In Concussion Roni is left on her own in Paris after her writer husband is hospitalised following an accident, unable to speak the language she is taken under the wing of fellow writer Martin Jones who not only speaks French fluently but also offers up a strong shoulder to cry on.
When Martin turns up unexpectedly once Ronni and her husband are back in England Ronni begins to doubt just what his [...]
UK | ITV Network – London Weekend Television
RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 12 | AIRDATES: 17 January – 4 April 1969
PRODUCER: David Cunliffe | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Derek Granger
Intriguing crime drama series The Inside Man focused on the work of criminologist Dr James Austin who is drafted into working for the British government on cases usually involving defecting Russian diplomats or members of the secret service who have returned from the Eastern bloc damaged in some way or with secrets to hide. Austin’s skill gave him a particular knack to get right to the heart of the matter.
The series gave the likable Frederick Jaegar a rare leading [...]
Poldark is set to be one of the BBC’s big dramas of the year when it begins soon, here Aidan Turner tells all about the new series.
Aidan Turner was amazed by the breadth of the role of Ross Poldark in the new adaptation of Winston Graham’s novels. “It’s fantastic as an actor to have the chance to play such a wide range in one series. Every step of the way there is something new. When I first read Debbie Horsfield’s script I knew there was a huge scope there with Ross.”
Aidan recalls: “I had never heard of Poldark but when I told my parents I was going to play Ross they nearly had a fit! The previous 1970s series was popular in [...]
UK / BBC One / 29×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 October 1975 – 4 December 1977
Creator: Winston Graham / Theme Music: Kenyon Emerys Roberts / Script Editors: Simon Masters (Season 1), Cicely Hawthorne (Season 2) / Producers: Anthony Coburn, Richard Beynon, Morris Barry
Returning home (believed dead) from doing battle with the Americans in their War of Independence, dashing Cornish squire Ross Poldark discovered his late father’s estate in ruin, the tin mines up for sale and the love of his life, Elizabeth, betrothed to his cousin Francis.
Determined to rectify matters, Ross set about tackling the local powers that be, especially the loathsome [...]
UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 45×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 June 1969 – 18 July 1975
Creator: Edmund Ward, John Malcolm (only for the first two seasons and he is replaced in the credits as co-creator by John Batt) / Legal Advisor: John Malcolm / Producers: Peter Willes (season one and then executive producer), John Frankau
Popular drama series The Main Chance cemented John Stride’s position as one of the UK’s best actors. He plays lawyer David Main who is determined to make it to the top of his profession.
Something of a gadget buff Main was also always ready to take on the case of the underdog, his personal life was a bit [...]
UK / BBC-1 / 6x 60 minute episodes / Broadcast 13 April – 18 May 1982
Script Editor: Chris Parr / Producer: Neil Zeiger
A six part anthology series which saw the writers being commissioned by the beeb to take a look at our possible future. The writers, who included Caryl Churchill, Peter Prince and Michael Wilcox, were given viewings of a BBC talk by a teacher, a journalist, a novelist, a computer scientist, an ecologist, an economist and a psychiatrist and it was themes raised in this that the plays mainly touched on.
The six productions were pretty much all downbeat in nature and not offering an overly rosy view of Britain in the future.
The plays [...]