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Holding On (ITV 1977 with Michael Elphick & John Nettles)

Period drama serial Holding On told of  the life and times of the East End Wheelwright family over much of the 20th century from 1903 right up to 1970. The story began in 1903 with Dora Wheelwright struggling to bring up her kids, Charlie and Vi, following the death of her Stevedore husband in an accident.

Charlie as an adult found himself caught up in the horrors of world war one and then struggles to survive throughout the depressed 1920’s. He marries Ann and becomes in involved in the General Strike before having to go through another world war and it’s aftermath. Post war  there is the changing face of the East End and the loss of community. The family lived in Steadman Street.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 January – 20 February 1977 / Sundays @ 10.00pm

Writer: Brian Phelan / Novel: Mervyn Jones / Producer: Paul Knight / Designer: John Blezard /
Music: Denis King / Executive Producer: Rex Firkin / Directors: Raymond Menmuir (episodes 1-2 and 6), Gerry Mill (episodes 2-5)

cast
MICHAEL ELPHICK as Charlie Wheelwright
JOHN NETTLES as Herbert Goodings
JOHN DUTTINE as Harry Wheelwright
PATRICIA FRANKLIN as Ann Wheelwright
KENNETH CRANHAM as Ted Wheelwright
DIANE KEEN as Yvette
TINA MARTIN as Marge Naylor
FRANK MILLS as Alf Harris
ROSALIND AYRES as Vi Wheelwright
MICHAEL LEES as Howard Buckley
STUART HARWOOD as Tommy Whitmarsh