Lost Empires (ITV 1986 with Colin Firth and Laurence Olivier)

UK / ITV – Granada / 1×120 minute episode 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 October – 5 December 1986

Writer: Ian Curteis / Novel: J.B. Priestley / Music: Derek Hilton / Producer: June Howson

Period drama serial. Just before World War, Richard Herncastle joins a travelling theatre company and has his eyes opened to love and life.

On the 22 Feb 1987 there was a one off show broadcast called Top of the Bill which was a compilation of all the different variety acts featured in the series.

Colin Firth as Richard Herncastle
Emil Wolk as Ricarlo
Carmen du Sautoy as Julie Blaine
John Castle as Nicj Ollanton
Gillian Bevan as Cissie Mapes
Brian Glover as Tommy Beamish
Anthony Newlands as Hubert Courtenay
Neil Boorman as Ben Hayes
Ted Morris as Sam Hayes
Mike Edmonds as Barney
Beatie Edney as Nancy Ellis
Laurence Olivier
Gustav Colmar as Jean-Marie Segal
Pamela Stephenson
Charlotte Plowright as Maisie Dawe
Jim Carter as Inspector Crabb