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Wolcott (ITV 1981, George William Harrris, Warren Clarke)

Wolcott

Drama serial Wolcott, which played over three successive nights was a surprisingly glossy and often violent tale of black policeman Winston Wolcott who gets promoted to the C.I.D and finds himself involved in a turf war between rival gangs.

Made with involvement by action adventure specialists ITC the serial was intended to act as a run in to a full blown series which never emerged. There are some interesting casting choices further down the cast list too with small roles for a trio of then very alternative comedians in the shape of Rik Mayall, Alexei Sayle and Keith Allen.

production details
UK | ITV Network – ATV – Black Lion Films

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes and 110 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 3 | AIRDATES: 13 – 15 January 1981

WRITERS: Barry Wasserman, Patrick Carroll | MUSIC: Frank Ricotti | PRODUCER: Jacky Stoller | DIRECTOR: Colin Bucksey

cast
GEORGE WILLIAM HARRIS as Winston Churchill Wolcott
WARREN CLARKE as Terry Rowe
MARTIN DEMPSEY as Detective Inspector Gilligan
CLIVE MERRISON as Jeremy Godden
CHRISTINE LAHTI as Melinda Marin
MERDEL JORDINE as Cynthia Jerome
MONA HAMMOND as Mrs Wolcott
HUGH QUARSHIE as Dennis St George
RIK MAYALL as PC Fell
CHRISTOPHER ELLISON as Detective Inspector Bonham
CHRISTOPHER DRISCOLL as Sgt Paul
PAUL McDOWELL as Chief Superintendant Cosgrave
RAUL NEWNEY as Reuben Warre
ALEXEI SAYLE as Speaker in Market
ARCHIE POOL as Headphones
ELVIS PAYNE as Cecil Forbes
STEVEN WOODCOCK as Melville Groves
JULIA McCARTHY as Mrs Rose
KEITH ALLEN as Heckler
TERRY JOHN as Detective Constable Dunne
MARK BOND as Detective Constable Tipton
DAVID GILLIES as Detective Constable Willis
DINNY POWELL as Arthur
ASWAD as Band in Club
JOHN FOWLER as Goalkeeper