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Raging Calm, A (ITV 1974, Alan Badel, Diana Coupland)

A Raging Calm

Drama serial A Raging Calm follows the tangled lives of four people living in a West Riding Town. There is ex-mayor Tom Simpkins a widower who lives with his sister, his secretary Andrea who lives at home with her parents, Norma Moffat, middle aged married housewife and married school teacher Philip Hart, their lives become entwined when Tom becomes involved with Norma and Philip becomes involved with Andrea.

A Raging Calm was Stan Barstow’s fifth published novel and it does tread much the same ground as his previous work. Critic of the time said it was easily his most mature work to date.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 7×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 January – 18 February 1974

Writer: Stan Barstow (from his own novel) / Designer: Roy Stonehouse / Producer: Brian Armstrong / Director: June Howson, Gerry Mill

cast
ALAN BADEL as Tom Simpkins
DIANA COUPLAND as Norma Moffat
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Philip Hart
FRANCES WHITE as Andrea Warner
VICKI WILLIAMS as Shirley Moffat
BASIL DIGNAM as Baden Roberts
RICHARD BUTLER as Mr Warner
MARY TAMM as Julie Warner
EAMON BOLAND as George Bishop
GWYNETH POWELL as Agnes Sutton
TOMMY BOYLE as Don Bedford
JOY STEWART as Bess Hargreaves
JOHN PICKLES as Ted Moffat
JOHN COLLIN as Horace Batchelor
BRIAN MILLER as Harry Malloby
MARGARET SHEVLIN as Ruth
HARRY MARLHAM as Albert Bedford