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Accident (BBC-2 1979-1980, Michael Byrne, Anthony Head)

Accident was a multi perspective drama series in which the lives of ten people intertwine following a road accident in the Home Counties on a wet morning in March.

Those involved include a group of students off on a trip, a couple expecting a child are on there way to visit Yugoslavia, a stockbroker and his chauffeur and two prison guards and their charge.

The series looks at the accident from all angles, with heavy use of flashbacks, flash forwards and the like.

Although forgotten these days this ensemble drama series did manage to attract a high quality cast.

production details
UK / BBC-2 / 8×50 minute – episodes / Broadcast 2 November 1979 – 18 January 1980

Writers: Derek Ingrey, Ray Jenkins / Music: Anthony Isaac / Producer: Joe Waters

cast
Michael Byrne as Ian Shaw
Anthony Head as Simon Lovell
Patricia Garwood as Dilys Martin
Michelle Newell as Terri
Geoffrey Hinsliff as Edmunds
Bernard Kay as Andrew Buchan
Davyd Harries as Jack Dutton
Daniel Hill as Tom Baxter
Jane Collins as Joanna
Martin Neil as Stephen Mitchell
Eric Mason as Pritchard
Peter Geddis as Frank Martin
Caroline Holdaway as Diana Baxter
Patrick Jordan as Lionel Megson
Marc Zuber as Mr Asif