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Me And The Girls (BBC 1985, Tom Courtenay, Nichola McAuliffe)

Opening in Switzerland in 1938 Me And The Girls sees George Banks, after being confined to hospital with a serious illness, looking back over his life as leader of a dance troupe, whilst well wishers and the girls from his troupe visit his bedside.

Me And The Girls A chance for the superb Tom Courtenay to have a bit of a song and a dance. This generally slight drama, one of six in the Star Quality series, benefits from some top performances and works best with the getting the show together moments. The stagey settings and production design are also definite pluses. The ending is also very clever.

production details
UK / BBC – Quintet Films – A&E Network / 1×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 December 1985

Writer: Ken Taylor / Story: Noel Coward / Script Editor: Alan Drury / Production Design: Oliver Bayldon / Choreography: Lindsay Dolan / Music arranger: Francis Shaw / Executive Producer: Victor Glynn / Producer: Alan Shallcross / Director: Jack Gold

cast
TOM COURTENAY as George Banks
NICHOLA McAULIFFE as Mavis
TESSA PRITCHARD as Bonny
ANDRE MARANNE as Dr Pierre
PHILIP VOSS as Professor Lembach
NANCY NEVINSON as Sister Dominique
ROBERT GLENISTER as Harry
OLIVIER PIERRE as Michel
CATHERINE RABETT as Sally
TRACY BOOTH as Sue
HARRY FOWLER as Ted Bentley
MALCOLM SINCLAIR as Ronnie
ADAM ROBERTSON as Police Constable
JULIE-ANNE BLYTHEN as Irma
MARIA FRIEDMAN as Lily-May
JAYNEE AND MICHELLE JORDAN as The Martin Twins
COLETTE STEVENSON as Moira
CHRISSIE KENDALL as Gloria
ANNIE WENSAK as Elsie