The UK TV Drama Guide
All dramas starting with the letter A. This is part one and takes you from Abide With Me to The Advocates.
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ABIDE WITH ME
BBC /1×70 Minutes / 1977
Writer: Julian Mitchell / Producer: Mark Shivas / Director: Moira Armstrong
Period drama. In the nineteen twenties an elderly lady takes a young girl as her housekeeper.
with:- CATHLEEN NESBITT / ANN FRANCIS/ ZENA WALKER / GEOFFREY BAYLDON
BBC / 1x70m-e / 1977
Creator & Director: Mike Leigh /Producer: Margaret Matheson
Improvised drama. Beverley’s intimate dinner party doesn’t turn out as she anticipated. Abigail doesn’t actually appear, she’s a teenager holding her own party down the street. An absolute classic of would be bourgeois life, Abigail is desperate to appear as the perfect hostess but doesn’t realise how irritating she is. Beverly and Laurence lived at 13 Richmond Road North London and in real life Alison Steadman and director Mike Leigh were a couple.
ALISON STEADMAN as Beverly /TIM STERN as Laurence / JOHN SALTHOUSE as Tony /JANINE DUVITSKI as Angela / HARRIET REYNOLDS as Sue
Central / 12x30m-e / 1989&91
Producer:Johnny Goodman / Composer:Denis King
Twelve comic half hours with Maureen Lipman tackling a different character each time. Writers included Lipman’s husband Jack Rosenthal and also Richard Harris.
ABOUT THE HOME
BBC / 1951-8 black and white
Producer: S. E. Reynolds
This long-running afternoon programme was designed to help housewives improve their domestic skills such as cookery and needlework, although other items covered included shopping, deportment and even puppy training. Home-improvement tips from Barry Bucknell proved so popular that he gained his own series, Do It Yourself, in 1957. Presented by Joan Gilbert.
THE ABSENCE OF WAR
BBC2 / 1x105m-e / 1995
Writer:David Hare / Producer:Simon Curtis / Director:Richard Eyre
Political drama. Labour leader George Jones battles with his party on the campaign trail of a general election. Based on Hare’s successful play which also starred Thaw in the lead.
with:- JOHN THAW as George Jones / RICHARD PASCO as Malcolm Pryce / NICHOLAS DAY as Charles Kendrick / SASKIA WICKHAM as Mary / MARTIN JARVIS as Linus A
BBC / 1991
Play: Rodney Ackland / Director: Anthony Page / Music: Jason Osborn
Black Comedy set in a Soho drinking club in a bomb-devestated London in the weeks leading up to the 1945 general election.
With:- JUDI DENCH as Christine Foskett / FRANCESCA ANNIS as Elizabeth Collier / ANTHONY CALF as Douglas Eden / MOYRA FRASER as Lettice Willis / CHARLES GRAY as Maurice Hussey / BETTY MARSDEN as R.B. Monody / SUSANNAH MORLEY as Fifi / BILL NIGHY as Hugh Marriner / NATHANIEL PARKER as Sam Mitchum / RONALD PICKUP as Siegfried Shrager / PIP TORRENS as Nigel Child / RAY WINSTONE as P.C. Molson
BBC / 8×50 minute – episodes / 1979-80 (2 Nov 79 – 18 Jan 80)
Writers: Derek Ingrey, Ray Jenkins / Music: Anthony Isaac / Producer: Joe Waters
Multi perspective drama series. The lives of ten people intertwine following a road accident in the Home Counties on a wet morning in March. Those involved include a group of students off on a trip, a couple expecting a child are on there way to visit Yugoslavia, a stockbroker and his chauffeur and two prison guards and their charge. The series looks at the accident from all angles, with heavy use of flashbacks, flash forwards and the like.
With:- Michael Byrne as Ian Shaw / Anthony Head as Simon Lovell / Patricia Garwood as Dilys Martin / Michelle Newell as Terri / Geoffrey Hinsliff as Edmunds / Bernard Kay as Andrew Buchan / Davyd Harries as Jack Dutton / Daniel Hill as Tom Baxter / Jane Collins as Joanna / Martin Neil as Stephen Mitchell / Eric Mason as Pritchard / Peter Geddis as Frank Martin / Caroline Holdaway as Diana Baxter / Patrick Jordan as Lionel Megson / Marc Zuber as Mr Asif
ATV (Play of the Week) / 1960 black and white / 6 December Tuesday 9.35pm
Writer: Paul Lee / Design: Patrick Robertson / Producer: Peter Potter
Drama. Police seek information following the death of a woman but certain people have something to hide.
With:- ANGELA BADDELEY / RENEE ASHERSON / MARGOT VAN DER BURGH / IAIN CUTHBERTSON / ALAN MacNAUGHTON / GARETH DAVIES
BBC1 / 1x95m-e / 1989
Writer:Geoff Case / Composer:Carl Davis / Design:Jim Grant / Costume Design:Rita Reekie / Producer:Paul Knight / Director:Les Blair
Semi improvised drama. A mild mannered Jewish accountant gets unwillingly caught up in working for the Mafia.
Alfred Molina as Lionel Ellerman / Tracie Hart as Marsha Ellerman / Georgia Mitchell as Sharon / Clive Panto as Bernard Hampton / David Graham as Malcolm Druce / Ivano Staccioci as D’Amico / Fintan McKeown as Anthony Lorrabietti / Tim Stern as Max / James Duggan as McMichael
ACROSS THE LAKE
BBC1 / 1x90m-e / 1988
Writer:Roger Milner / Director:Tony Moylan
Period drama. The last sixty days in the life of land speed ace Donald Campbell.
With:- ANTHONY HOPKINS as Donald Campbell / JOHN ROWE / ROSEMARY LEACH as Connie Robinson / DEXTER FLETCHER / PHYLLIS CALVERT as Lady Campbell / JULIETTE GRASSBY as Judy / ANGELA RICHARDS / MARK STRATTON / JULIA WATSON as Sarah Williamson
BBC / 1x90m-e / 1990
Writer:Alma Cullen / Producer:Ruth Caleb / Director:Roy Battersby
Period drama. A caberet act stuck in a concentration camp during world war II are forced to put on a show.
with :- RICHARD LANGRIDGE / JACK SHEPHERD/ BARRY JACKSON / SALLY DEXTER
ACT OF BETRAYAL
BBC / 1x90m-e / 1971
Writer:Hugh Whitemore / Director:William Slater
Period drama. A look at the events making up the Portland spy ring affair of the early nineteen sixties.
with:- ZENA MARSHALL / MARJORIE WIMBUSH / MICHAEL GWYNN
ACT OF SEPERATION
LWT / 1x60m-e / 1970
Writer:Ilona Ference / Story:Maupassant / Director:Anthony Kearey
Period drama. When his housekeeper begins to make comments about the alleged faithfulness of his wife, a husband decides to throw her (the housekeeper) out of the house.
with:- KEITH BELL / LISA DANIEL / GWEN NELSON /JACK WATSON
ACT OF WILL
Tyne Tees/Portman / 4x60m-e / 1989
Writer:Jill Hyem / Novel:Barbara Taylor Bradford / Director:Don Sharp
Period drama serial. A young girl makes her way in the world of fashion during the nineteen twenties.
with:-ELIZABETH HURLEY as Christina / VICTORIA TENNANT as Audra / PETER CAYOTE /KEVIN McNALLY / JEAN MARSH / LYNSEY BAXTER / REBECCA CALLARD / SERENA GORDON / SARAH WINMAN / JUDY PARFITT / SIMON MERRICK / RACHEL ROBERTSON / JEREMY GILLEY / JASON SAVAGE / ROGER GRAINGER
ACTS OF PASSION
C4 / 6x30m-e / 1999 31 Aug – 15 Sep
An anthology of dramas promoting new talent.
1.HETEROSEXUALITY(Tues 31 Aug – 11.35pm) Producer: Carol Hardin / Writer/Director:Rikki Beadle Blair / A young boy has a gay father. With Rikki Beadle Blair,Karl Collins and Noele Clarke.
2.CLEAN(Wed 1 Sep – 11.35pm) Producer:David Muir / Director:Jim Twaddle / A boy becomes friendly with a young male prostitute.
3.HOT HOUSE(Tues 7 Sep – 11.35pm) / Director: Cila Ware / A Couple’s camping trip doesn’t turn out as planned.
4.BED HEAD(Wed 8 Sep – 11.25pm) Writer: Casper Berry / Director:Susannah Gent / Mentalli ill Jamie tries to get to grips with his troubled past. With Stuart Laing.
5.FUGEE GIRL(Tues 14 Sep – 11.30pm) / Director: Francis Lee / A refugee alone in London turns to prostitution.
6.HUNGRY(Wed 15 Sep – 11.30pm) / Director: Richard Clark / An agrophobic telesales operative makes friends with a woman on a chatline.
LWT / 1x60m-e / 1973 / 8 April
Writer:Donald Johnson / Producer: Verity Lambert /Director:Michael Lindsay-Hogg
SciFi Drama. A young disabled woman finds herself being taken over by the computer that runs her home. Pretty relevant in today’s technologically obsessed world A.D.A.M. clearly influenced the 1977 movie Demon Seed (which although based on a novel by Dean Koontz had pretty much the same plot.)
GEORGINA HALE as Jean Empson / MARK JONES as Roger Empson / MADGE RYAN as Jean’s Mum / RICHARDSON MORGAN as Hanley / ANTHONY JACKSON as Voice of A.D.A.M / CICELY PAGET-BOWMAN as Kitty Perring / WILLOUGBY GRAY as Brigadier Perring / TOM KEMPINSKI as Vincent Metcalfe
ADAM ADAMANT LIVES
BBC / 29x50m-e / 1966-67
Creator: Donald Cotton, Richard Harris, / Script EditorTony Williamson / Theme Composer:David Lee / Sung by Kathy Kirby / Producer:Verity Lambert
Very 1960’s tales of a Victorian Adventurer frozen in 1902 and thawed out in the swinging sixties to combat crime.
Adam Adamant was a popular hero of the Victorian age, lured into a trap by his arch rival the Evil Face he is entombed in a block of ice. Over time Adam’s legend grows until in 1966 he is discovered and thawed out, finding his new world highly strange he is helped by the young and very trendy Georgina Jones and an ageing valet called Simms.
Adam soon got back into his adventuring ways, all the time adjusting to his new world of bright lights, loud music, dolly birds, The Beatles and The Stones. Season two brought back The Face for Adam to once more do battle with.
The show was made in black and white by the BBC and very few episodes still exist, the show is often cited as a BBC attempt to create an Avengers type show. Adam’s style of dress however would be a definite influence on the Jon Pertwee era of Doctor Who.
With:- GERALD HARPER as Adam Adamant / JULIET HARMER as Georgina Jones / JACK MAY as William E. Simms / PETER DUCROW as The Face (season two)
BBC1 / 1x105m-e / 1991
Director:Giles Foster / Novel:George Elliot
Period drama. In the 19th century a young carpenter competes for the hand of pretty maid Hetty Sorrel with a titled man.
With:- PATSY KENSIT as Hetty Sorrel / IAIN GLEN / JAMES WILBY / JULIA McKENZIE / SUSANNAH HARKER / ROBERT STEPHENS / JEAN MARSH / FREDDIE JONES / MICHAEL PERCIVAL / BRIAN OSBORNE / EDWARD JEWESBURY / PAUL BROOKE / TACITA HAFFENDEN / CHASE MARKS / WILLIAM HOLMES
Granada / 39x30m-e / 1972
Creator:Trevor Griffiths(writing as Ben Rae) / Producer:June Howson
Drama series. Stories of a recently bereaved vicar and his parishoners.
With:- ANDREW KEIR / BRIGIT FORSYTH / TOM CONTI
THE ADMIRABLE CRICHTON
BBC / 1x105m-e / 1950 11 June
Writer:J.M. Barrie / Producer:Royston Morley
Comedy. After being shipwrecked on a desert island a posh family find their butler to be the hero of the day.
With:- RAYMOND HUNTLEY as Crichton / HARCOURT WILLIAMS as Earl of Loam / GEOFFREY WEARING as Rev John Treherne / DAVID MARKHAM as Hon Ernest Wolley
ATV/ITC / 24x30m-e / 1972
Creator/Producer:Monty Berman / Theme Composer:John Barry
Action adventure series. Agent for the C.I.A. Gene Bradley, poses as an actor in order to crack his cases.
With:- GENE BARRY as Gene Bradley / BARRY MORSE as Mr Parminter / CATHERINE SCHELL as Diane Marsh / GARRICK HAGON as Gavin Jones / STUART DAMON as Vince
Thames – Gatetarn / 12x30m-e / 1987
Creator:Richard Carpenter / Producer:Sidney Cole, Paul Knight
Period action adventure series. A sequel to Smuggler and featuring further adventures of 19th century smuggler Jack Vincent.
With:- OLIVER TOBIAS as Jack Vincent
ADVENTURES OF A JUNGLE BOY
ABC/Gross-Krasne / 13x30m-e / bw 1957
Action adventure series.Stories of a young boy living in deepest East Africa.
With:- MICHAEL CARR HARTLEY
THE ADVENTURES OF A LADY
HTV/Primemedia / 6x60m-e / 1987
CosDesign:Lynette Cumming / Theme Sung by Charles Aznavour
Period drama serial. Lady Ann Howard gets caught up in derring do and adventure during the 18th Century.
With:- MEL MARTIN as Lady Ann Howard / DANIEL CECCALDI as Baron Grifford / RODNEY BEWES as Lord Herne / RONALD FRASER as Johnson
THE ADVENTURES OF DON QUICK
LWT / 6x60m-e / 1970
Executive Producer:Peter Wildblood
SciFi comedy drama series. Misadventures of interfering intergalactic maintainance man Don Quick and his second in command Sam Czopanzer. There was a high calibre roster of guest stars including the likes of Roy Marsden, Leigh Lawson, Patricia Haines, Yutte Stensgard, Graham Crowden, Madeline Smith, Gay Soper, James Hayter, Kate O’Mara, Bryan Mosley, Colin Baker and Anouska Hempel. Only the first episode is known to still be in existence.
With:- IAN HENDRY as Capt Don Quick / RONALD LACEY as Sgt Sam Czopanzer
THE ADVENTURES OF DON QUIXOTE
BBC / 1x90m-e / 1972
Period drama. Exotic version of Cervantes’ novel of Don Quixote and his faithful servant Sancho Panzo.
With:- REX HARRISON as Don Quixote / FRANK FINLAY as Sancho Panzo
THE ADVENTURES OF MR PASTRY
ATV / 1X30m-e / 1958 21 June – Sat 6.00pm
Comedy. Mr Pastry takes acting lessons from a charlatan posing as an acting teacher.
With:- RICHARD HEARNE as Mr Pastry / BUSTER KEATON as Professor / PEGGY MOUNT as Landlady
THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
ITC-Sapphire / 143x30m-e / 1956-60 /Black and White
Executive Producer:Hannah Weinstein/ Music:Dick James
Period action adventure series. Exploits of Robin Hood and his merry men as they try to outwit the evil Sheriff of Nottingham. Throughout the shows run various of the characters were played by several actors, in fact Paul Eddington pops up a number of times in different roles.
With:- Richard Greene as Robin Hood / Alexander Gauge as Friar Tuck / Alan Wheatley as The Sheriff of Nottingham / Archie Duncan as Little John(1) / Rufus Cruickshank as Little John(2) / Bernadette O’Farrell as Maid Marion(1) / Patricia Driscoll as Maid Marion(2) / Paul Eddington as Will Scarlett(1) / Ronald Howard as Will Scarlett(2)/ Hubert Gregg as Prince John(1) / Brian Haines as Prince John (2) / Donald Pleasance as Prince John(3) / Peter Asher as Prince Arthur (1) / Richard O’Sullivan as Prince Arthur(2) / Jonathan Bailey as Prince Arthur(3)
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Granada / 12 x 60m-e / 1x120m-e / 1984
Creator:John Hawkesworth / Producer:Michael Cox, June Wyndham Davies / Theme Composer:Patrick Gowers
Period crime drama series. Cases of the great Victorian detective. This series heralded a new realistic era for Holmes. See also The Return of…, The Casebook of…, and The Memoirs of…
With:- JEREMY BRETT as Sherlock Holmes / DAVID BURKE as Doctor Watson / ROSALIE WILLIAMS as Mrs Hudson / COLIN JEAVONS as Inspector Lestrade / CHARLES GRAY as Mycroft Holmes
THE ADVENTURES OF SIR LANCELOT
ITC/Sapphire / 30x30m-e / 1956-57 bw
Exp:Hannah Weinstein / Composer:Edwin Astley / Producer:Sidney Cole, Dallas Bower, Bernard Knowles,
Period action adventure series. Stories of Sir Lancelot and other knight of the Round Table.
With:- WILLIAM RUSSELL as Sir Lancelot Du Lac / JANE HYLTON as Queen Guinevere / BRUCE SEATON as King Arthur / CYRIL SMITH as Merlin / ROBERT SCOGGINS as Brian
THE ADVENTURES OF THE SCARLET PIMPERNEL; See The Scarlet Pimpernel
THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER
BBC / x30m-e / Mid 1960’s
Novel: Mark Twain
Period drama serial. In the late 19th century young scallywag Tom Sawyer gets mixed up in adventure with his best friend Huck Finn.
With:- FRED SMITH as Tom / MIKE STROHTEIDE as Huck / BETTY HARDY as Aunt Polly
THE ADVENTURES OF WILLIAM TELL
ITC / 39x30m-e / 1958-59 bw
Creator:Leslie Arliss / Composer:Harold Durrell / Producer:Leslie Arliss, Ralph Smart
Period action adventure series. In 14th Century Austria William Tell finds himself tangling with the evil Gessler.
With:-CONRAD PHILLIPS as William Tell / JENNIFER JAYNE as Hedda Tell / WILLOUGHBY GODDARD as Gessler / RICHARD ROGERS as Walter Tell / NIGEL GREEN as Fertog
BBC / 1x105m-e / 1950 30 July bw
Writer:Terence Rattigan / Producer:Michael Barry
Period drama. The life story of Alexander The Great.
With:- ANDREW OSBORN as Alexander / GLADYS COOPER as Queen Mother of Persia / PATRICK TROUGHTON / TERENCE LONGDEN / MICHAEL HORDERN
BBC / 1x100m-e / 1961 12 June bw
Writer:Terence Rattigan / Producer:Rudolph Cartier
Period drama. A remake of the 1950 play.
With:- SEAN CONNERY as Alexander / MARGARETTA SCOTT as Queen Mother of Persia
Scottish TV / 6×60 minutes / 1992-93
Writer: Alma Cullen / Producer/Director: Peter Barber -Fleming
Two three part crime drama serials about The cases of a Scottish law firm.
with:- ISLA BLAIR / STELLA GONET / RACHEL WEISZ
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