The UK TV Drama Guide
All dramas starting with the letter A. This is part three and takes you from All Day on the Sands to Angels.
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ALL DAY ON THE SANDS
ITV (LWT-Six Plays by Alan Bennett) / 1x 66 minute episode / 1979 (24 February)
Writer: Alan Bennett / Music: George Fenton / Producer: Stephen Frears / Director: Giles Foster
Comedy drama about a family who decide to go to Morecambe for their holiday instead of their usual Minorca staying in a boarding house called The Miramar. The final play in the six part Alan Bennett series of single dramas, somewhat downbeat and based on Bennett’s own experiences of family holidays in the district in his youth.
With:- Alun Armstrong as Dad / Marjorie Yates as Mum / Gary Carp as Colin / Jonathan Coy as Keith / Rosalind Wilson as Jo / Ken Jones as Mr Cattley
ALL FOR LOVE
Granada / 12x60m-e / 1982-83
First Episode: Sunday 25 July 1982 @ 9.00pm
Producer: Roy Roberts
An anthology series of dramas with a romantic bias.
Episode titles were:-
Season One (25 July – 29 Aug 1982)
1. A Dedicated Man (Sunday 25 July 82 @ 9.00pm) | Director: Robert Knights
2. Mona (Sunday 1 Aug 1982 @ 9.00pm) | Director: Robert Knights
3. L’Elegance (Sunday 8 Aug 1982 @ 9.00pm) | Director: Jack Gold
4. Combat (Sunday 15 Aug 1982 @ 9.00pm) | Director: Brian Mills
5. A Bit of Singing and Dancing (Sunday 22 Aug 1982 @ 9.00pm) | Director: Brian Mills
6. Lovers of Their Time (Sunday 29 Aug 1982 @ 8.55pm) | Director: Robert Knights
Season Two ( 4 September – 9 October 1983)
1. Down at the Hydro (Sunday 4 Sep 1983 @ 10.00pm) | Writer: William Sansom | Director: John Irvin | With: Jean Simmons Ian Carmichael Joan Sanderson
2. Miss A and Miss M (Sunday 11 Sep 1983 @ 10.00pm) | Writer: Stephen Wakeling | Story: Elizabeth Taylor (not the actress) | Director: Robert Knights | With: Kika Markham, Jennifer Hilary
3. Mrs Silly ( Sunday 18 September 1983 @ 10.00pm) | Writer: Bob Larbey | Story: William Trevor | With: Maggie Smith, Michael Culver
4. Letting The Birds Go Free (Sunday 25 Sep 1983 @ 10.00pm) | Director: Moira Armstrong | With: Lionel Jeffreis Carolyn Pickles Tom Willkinson Martin Stone
5. Fireworks For Elspeth (Sunday 2 Oct 1983 @ 10.00pm) | Director: Alvin Rakoff
6. To The Camp and Back (Sunday 9 Oct 1983 @ 10.10pm) | Director: John Glenister
ALL FOR LOVE
BBC1/Little Bird / 1x90m-e / 1999 / 6 June / Sun 9.00pm / ‘Digital – Widescreen’
Wrier: Allan Cubitt / Novel:St Ives by R.L Stevenson / Producers: Johnathon Cavendish, James Mitchell, / Director: Harry Hook
Period drama. In the 19th century Napoleonic wars dashing French officer Jacques St Ives finds himself captured and stuck in a Scottish Prisoner of War Camp where he soon falls for the beautiful Flora.
With:- JEAN MARC BARR as St Ives /ANNA FREIL as Flora / MIRANDA RICHARDSON as Miss Gilchrist / RICHARD E. GRANT as Chevening / TIM DUTTON as Francois / CECILLE PALLAS as Mathilde / MICHAEL GOUGH as Count / JASON ISAACS as Alain / DESMOND BARRIT as Linlithgow / CHRISTOPHER McHALLEM as Gautier / JIMMY KEOGH as Jean / VERNON DOBTCHEFF as Bonnefoy
ALL GOOD MEN
BBC1 ‘Play for Today’ / 1x65m-e / 1974 31 Jan
Writer: Trevor Griffiths / Design: Peter Brachacki / Producer: Graeme McDonald / Director:Michael Lindsay-Hogg
Drama. An elderly Labour politician, Edward Waite, looks back over his career, in the company of a TV producer.
With:- BILL FRASER as Edward Waite / FRANCES DE LA TOUR as Maria / JACK SHEPHERD as William / RONALD PICKUP as Richard Massingham
ALL GOOD THINGS
BBC1 / 6x30m-e / 1991 14 May – 18 June
Comedy drama series. A 39 year old decides to go about helping people and generally doing good.
With:- BRENDA BLETHYN
ALL IN THE GAME
Carlton / 6x60m-e / 1993
Creator: Gary Lineker, Stan Hey
Drama. A promising English footballer enters a whole new top flight, champagne filled world when he is transferred to top Spanish club Barcelona.
With:- LLOYD OWEN as Darren Matthews / JOHN FORGEHAM as Freddie Matthews / WARREN CLARKE as Kenny Dawes
ALL IN THE GAME
Channel 4 / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 11 May 2006
Writer: Tony Grounds / Director: Jim O’Hanlon / Producer: Hilary Bevan
Frankie is a premiership football manager whose team is struggling in the relegation zone of the league and he is coming under pressure from his club chairman to perform whilst Frankie himslef is abusing the system with his son to make money on the side with scurrilous transfer deals.
RAY WINSTONE as Frankie / ROY MARSDEN as George Swaine, chairman / DANNY DYER as Martin, son / NICOLA STEPHENSON as Jennifer
ALL OR NOTHING AT ALL
Carlton / 3x60m-e / 1993
Writer: Guy Andrew / Producer: Brian Eastman / Director: Andrew Grieve
Drama serial. Leo, a financial advisor loses his clients money by gambling it away on the horses.
With:- HUGH LAURIE as Leo / JESSICA TURNER as Jane / PIPPA GUARD as Marion / CAROLINE QUENTIN as Rebecca / STEVE STEEN as Duncan / BOB MONKHOUSE as Giles / PHYLLIDA LAW as Mrs Timpson
ALL PASSION SPENT
BBC / 3x60m-e / 1988
Novel: Vita Sackville-West / Writer: Peter Buckman / Producer: Colin Rogers / Director: Martyn Friend
Period drama serial. Lord Slane is dead. After a lifetime spent supporting his career as Viceroy of India, Prime Minister, and elder statesman, Lady Slane is free at last to do as she pleases. Downstairs her children are busily deciding her future, assuming gracious compliance but Lady Slane plans to reassert her independence.
With:- Wendy Hiller as Lady Slane / Maurice Denham as Gervase Bucktrout / Phyllis Calvert as Carrie / Faith Brook as Lavinia / John Franklyn-Robbins as Kay / Harry Andrews as Mr. Fitzgeorge / Hilary Mason as Edith / Geoffrey Bayldon as William / Antonia Pemberton as Mabel / Eileen Way as Genoux / Jane Snowden as Deborah / John Saunders / Katherine Stark / John Bott
ALL QUIET ON THE PRESTON FRONT
BBC1 / 19x50m-e / 1994-97
Writer: Tim Firth / Theme Music: Milltown Brothers / Producer: Chris Griffin
Comedy drama series. Stories of a group of part time soldiers, members of the territorial army. Seasons 2 and 3 known as Preston Front.
With:- COLIN BUCHANAN as Hodge / PAUL HAIGH as Eric / STEPHEN TOMPKINSON as Spock(season one) / DAVID MACREEDY as Polson / ADRIAN HOOD as Lloydy / TONY MARSHALL as Diesal / CAROLINE CATZ as Dawn / LUCY AKHURST
ALL’S WELL THAT ENDS WELL
BBC (BBC Television Shakespeare) / 1x160m-e / 1980
Writer: William Shakespeare / Music: Stephen Oliver / Producers: Jonathan Miller, Joseph Papp / Director: Elijah Moshinsky
Period comedy. When Bertram, the King of France marries Helena, he sets out a series of tests that must make her prove her love before consumation ofthe marriage takes place.
With:- IAN CHARLESON as Bertram / ANGELA DOWN as Helena / CELIA JOHNSON as Countess of Roussilon / MICHAEL HORDERN as Lafeau / PETER JEFFREY as Parolles / PIPPA GUARD as Diana / ROBERT LINDSAY as 1st French Lord / ROSEMARY LEACH as Widow of Florence / DONALD SINDEN as King of rance / PAUL BROOKE as Lavache
ALL THE KING’S MEN
BBC1-WGBH Boston / 1x110m-e /1999 14 Nov – Sun 9.00pm
Writer: Alma Cullen / Music: Adrian Johnston / Costume: Howard Burden / Design:David Woods /Military Advisor:Taff Gillingham / Producer: Gareth Neame / Director: Julian Jarold
Period drama. When world war one breaks out, a group of men working on the Royal Family’s Sandringham estate decide to join up, led by estate manager Frank Beck. On 12 August 1915 the platoon of men went over Sulva Plain in Gallipoli and were never seen again.
With:- DAVID JASON as Capt Frank Back / MAGGIE SMITH as Queen Alexandra / WILLIAM ASH as Sgt Ted Grimes / SONYA WALGER as Lady Frances / EAMON BOLAND as Arthur Beck / DAVID TROUGHTON as King George V / EMMA CUNNIFFE as Peggy Batterbee / PATRICK MALAHIDE as Capt Claude Howlett / GAYE BROWN as Queen Mary / PHYLLIS LOGAN as Mary Beck / JAMIE BEDDARD as Roland Adams /JAMES MURRAY as Pte Will Needham / TOM BURKE as Pte Chad Batterbee / BEN CROMPTON as Pte Davy Croft / JO STONE-FEWINGS as Lt Alec Beck / ADAM KOTZ as Oswald Yeoman
ALL STAR COMEDY CARNIVALS
ITV / 5 Editions / 1969-73
The ITV version of the Christmas Night with the stars put out by the BBC. They featured short sketches from some of ITV’s most popular shows.
1969:(250m-e/25 Dec/Thurs 6.00pm) Featuring:- Dr In the House, On the Buses, Please Sir, Mr Digby Darling, The Dustbinmen, Cribbins, Father Dear Father, Never Mind the Quality, Dear Mother…Love Albert, Two In Clover and Mike Yarwood, 1970:(250m-e/25 Dec/Fri 6.00pm) Featuring:-Girls About Town, The Worker,The Lovers, Hark at Barker, Dr in the House, Dear Mother …Love Albert, Albert and Victoria, For the Love of Ada, Cribbins, Father Dear Father, The Des O’Connor Show, 1971:MIKE AND BERNIE’S ALL STAR CHRISTMAS CARNIVAL (245m-e/25 Dec/Sat 6.05pm) Featuring:-Dr at Large, The Lovers, And Mother Makes Three, His ‘N’ Hers, Please Sir!, The Fenn Street Gang, Girls About Town, Dear Mother …Love Albert, Sez Les, Lollipop Loves Mr Mole, Father Dear Father, 1972:(105m-e/25Dec/Mon 5.45pm) Featuring:-Love Thy Neighbour, On the Buses,Nearest and Dearest, Thirty Minutes Worth, Sez Les, The Fenn Street Gang, Father Dear Father, 1973:(90m-e/25 Dec/Tues 6.30pm) Man About the House, My Good Woman, Sez Les, Billy Liar, Spring and Autumn, Dr In Charge,
ALL THAT JAZZ
ITV (ATV) / 26 x30m-e / 5 Jan – 29 June 1962 black and white (shown Fridays at 10.30pm)
Producers: Dicky Leeman, Jon Scoffield / Orchestration: Jack Parnell and his Orchestra / Set Design: Henry Graveney, Inigo Monk, Michael Eve, Richard Lake, Bill McPherson, Alan Pickford / Director: Rita Gillespie
A jazz tinged music show. Billy Fury, Johnny Dankworth and his Orchestra,
Brook Brothers, The Eric Delaney Band and Valerie Masters appeared on the first show whilst subsequent guests included the likes of Chris Barber, Kenny Ball, Emile Ford and the Checkmates, The Dallas Boys, Cleo Laine, Frank Ifield, Roy Castle and Eden Kane. Producer Jon Scoffield stood in for Dicky Leeman for a couple of episodes midway through the shows run. For more details see the Episode Guide here.
ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE
BBC / 13x50m-e / 1983
A mammoth history of the Theatre from Greek tragedy to the then present day with specially staged excerpts from the classics, presented by playwright Ronald Harwood.
ALL THINGS BRIGHT AND BEAUTIFUL
BBC2 / 1x80m-e / 1984
Writer/Director: Barry Devlin
Period drama. Rural Ireland 1954:10 year old Barry O’Neill, under the influence of an over enthusiastic priest, believes himself to be experiencing visions.
With:- CIARAN FITZGERALD as Barry O’Neill / TOM WILKINSON as Father McAteer / GABRIEL BYRNE as Good Thief
BBC (Play For Taday) / 1x60m-e / 1971
Director: James Ferman
With:- MAX ADRIAN / JASON KEMP / DINAH SHERIDAN / JOHN WOODVINE
Anglia / 1x60m-e / 1977 20 June
Writer: David Ambrose / Director: Christopher Miles
Spoof documentary that claimed America and Russia had set up a colony of scientists on the Moon, because the Earth was running out of oxygen and was now a lost cause. Many people still believe to this day that the programme was in fact true.
ALWAYS AND EVERYONE
Granada / 40x60m-e / 1999 – 2002
Producer:Francis Hopkinson / Script Editor: Diederick Santer / Costume: Alison Munro(Season 1), Sue Yelland(season 2) / Theme Music: Julian Brookhouse / Design: Taff Batley / Executive Producers: Susan Hogg, Simon Lewis,
Medical drama series. Stories of the doctors working in the hectic A&E department of large city hospital Saint Victors. From season three the title was shortened to simply A & E.
With:- MARTIN SHAW as Robert Kingsford / NIAMH CUSACK as Christine Fletcher / DAVID HAREWOOD as Mike Gregson (to season three) / ESTHER HALL as Louise Macken (to season three) / PAUL WARRINER as Stuart Phelan (to season three?) / DAVID PARTRIDGE as David Scobie (to season three?) / JANE SCAVIN as Cathy Jordan (to season three?) / TAMZIN MALLESON as Kate Brady (to season three) / JANE DANSON as Sam Docherty (from season three) / MICHAEL KITCHEN as Jack Turner (from Season three) / New Season Four regulars:- JAYE GRIFFITHS as Ruth Cole / JAMES MURRAY as Danny Barton / EMILY HAMILTON as Saskia Walker / PARMINDER NAGRA as Sunita Verma / BEN TAYLOR as James Da Costa (season three) – in the context of the show his character is well known as a TV medical boffin.
ALWAYS ON SUNDAY
BBC (Monitor) / 1×45 minutes / 29 June 1965 black and white
Writers: Ken Russell and Melvyn Bragg / Producer/director: Ken Russell
Drama seen as part of the BBC arts “Umbrella” strand Monitor. This early Ken Russell biopic profiles the life of French Painter Henri ‘Douanier’ Rousseau (1844-1910) who was generally considered to be ahead of his time. The production, which whilst not Russell’s first such piece, was his first fully dramatised one, is also known as Henri Rousseau: Sunday Painter (because of the fact that Rousseau had a full time job. Oliver Reed, the Russell favourite, provides the narration.
With:- James Lloyd as Henri Rousseau / Annette Robertson as Alfred Jarry / Bryan Pringle as Pere Ubu / Jacqueline Cooke as Mere Ubu / Roland MacLeod as Apollinaire / Isa Teller as Josephine
THE AMAZING DR CLITTERHOUSE
BBC / 1x90m-e / 1947 bw
Writer/Producer: John Glyn Jones / Play:Barre Lyndon
Comedy thriller. To prove his theories correct a top criminologist invites several criminals to stay in his home.
With:- HAROLD WARRENDER / MARJORIE MASS / ELEANOR SUMMERFIELD / HENRY OSCAR
THE AMAZING DR NEWTON
BBC / 1x50m-e / 1977 ‘Horizon’
Drama documentary. A dramatisation of the life of 17th century scientific genius Isaac Newton.
With:- JACK SHEPHERD as Isaac Newton
BBC1-Ecosse-Irish Screen / 12x50m-e / 1998-99
Creator: Russell Lewis / Theme Music: Richard Harvey / Script Editor: Valery Ryan / Exectuie Producers: Jeremy Gwilt, Douglas Rae / Producer: Stephen Smallwood
Drama series. Harriet Smith is assigned to be British Ambassador to Ireland.
With:- PAULINE COLLINS as Harriet Smith / DENIS LAWSON as John Stone / WILLIAM CHUBB as Stephen Tyler / T.P. McKENNA as Taoiseach Healy / OWEN ROE as Kevin Flaherty / PETER EGAN as Michael Cochrane(season 2)
BBC2 / 13x60m-e / 1972-3
Writer: Alistair Cooke / Producer: Michael Gill
Thoughtful retrospective on the growth of the USA.
‘A personal history of the United States’ was the subtitle to this well-considered account of the birth and development of a nation, presented from the viewpoint of Alistair Cooke, a top British correspondent and an American citizen. Cooke’s dual nationality allowed him to portray the USA from both internal and external viewpoints, fashioning a TV history designed for consumption on both sides of the Atlantic. In 13 weekly episodes he charted the hopes, experiences and achievements of the men who shaped the most powerful country in the world, tracing developments from before Columbus right up to the Nixon era. His compassionate, gentle narration and poignant anecdotes allowed Cooke to convey the enormity of the problems facing the earliest settlers, and he incisively analysed the political movements and the agricultural and industrial changes that moulded the country over the centuries, winning wide acclaim for his understanding and perception. His conclusion centred on the fact that America at the turn of the decade fell a long way short of the dreams of its founding fathers. Alistair Cooke was for many years the Guardian’s Chief America Correspondent. His Letter from America was the longest-running single radio programme (since 1946) and could be heard weekly on Radio 4 until his recent death.
BBC2 / 1x90m-e / 1998 26 Dec
Writer: Michael Hastings / Novel:Henry James / Producer: Fiona Finlay / Director: Paul Unwin
Period drama. Wealthy self made man Christopher Newman visits Paris in the 1860’s where he falls in love with beautiful widow Claire de Cintre.
With:- MATTHEW MODINE as Christopher Newman / DIANA RIGG as Madame de Bellegarde / AISLING O’SULLIVAN as Claire de Cintre / PAUL HICKEY as Henri de Bellegarde / ANDREW SCOTT as Valentin de Bellegarde / BRENDA FRICKER as Mrs Bread / T.P.McKENNA as Marquis de Bellegarde
C4/Opix/HBO /1x65m-e / 1985 19 Jan – Sat 11.00pm
Writers: Jasper Carrott, Guy Jenkin, Jon Stephen Fink, Tony Sarchet , Meike van der Linden / Producer: Ray Marshall / Director: Terry Ryan
Comedy. Jasper Carrott, on a stand up tour of America, is desperate to see a broadcast of his show on TV.
With: JASPER CARROTT / BOB SHIELDS as Evangelist / ELLYN STERN as Ellie / PAT O’BRIEN as Gus / RICHARD TAYLOR as Bev / DANIEL RADELL as Dave
ITV1 / 2x90m / 29-30 March 2004
Writer: Chris Lang / Director: Nick Laughland / Producer: Jeremy Guilt
Crime drama. Detective Mackenzie Stone believes a man who suffered complete memory loss and is now living a new life is actually a wanted murderer. Meanwhile Stone’s wife has gone missing and his colleagues start to think that Stone may have had something to do with it.
With:- JOHN HANNAH as DS Mackenzie Stone / BRENDAN COYLE as DC Ian Reid / ANTHONY CALF as John Dean / JEMMA REDGRAVE as Jenna Dean / PATRICK MALAHIDE as DI Sean Brennan / BEATRIZ BATARDA as Lucia Stone
BBC2 / 4x60m-e / 1998
Writer: Adrian Hodges / Novel:John McGalvern / Producers: Johnathon Carling, Colin Tucker / Director: Tom Cairns
Period drama serial. In 1950’s rural Ireland overbearing father Moran has an increasingly difficult relationship with his five children.
With:- TONY DOYLE as Moran / GER RYAN as Rose / SUSAN LYNCH as Maggie / GERALDINE O’RAWE as Mona / ANNE-MARIE DUFF as Sheila / BRIAN F. O’BYRNE as Luke / EAMON OWENS as Michael
THE AMY JOHNSON STORY
1x90m-e / 1984
Director: Nat Crosby
Period drama. The true story of aviatrix Amy Johnson who made her first solo flight on 5 May 1930 and later disappeared whilst on a flight.
With:- HARRIET WALTER as Amy Johnson / CLIVE FRANCIS / PATRICK TROUGHTON
AN APPLE A DAY
BBC1 / 1x50m-e / 1971 9 July – Fri 10.35pm
Writer: John Antrobus / Producer:Michael Mills
Comedy. Psychiatrist Dr Clive Elwood has his plans thwarted by his interfering father.
With:- DUDLEY MOORE as Dr Clive Elwood / PETER COOK as Elwood Snr / SPIKE MILLIGAN as Arnold Thrust / KENNETH GRIFFITH as Dr Clerke / TRACY REED as Muriel Thrust
BBC / 1x90m-e / 1939 2nd June / bw
Writer: James Bridie / Producer: Moultrie Kelsall
Period comedy drama. The story of the notorious body snatchers of Victorian times Burke and Hare.
With:- W.G. FAY as Burke / HARRY HUTCHINSON as Hare / ANDREW CRUICKSHANK as Dr Knox
ITV Network-Granada / 2x90m-e / 2000 3-4 September Sunday and Monday 9.00pm
Writer: Ashley Pharoah / Producer: Sita Williams / Music: Christopher Gunning / Costume: Lyn Avery / Camera: Simon Kosoff / Design: Stephen Fineren / Executive Producers: Susan Hogg, Simon Lewis
Drama serial. Architect Nathan returns home with his teenage son Michael to nurse his dying elderly mother – he is son caught up in a relationship with his widowed sister-in-law Jackie.
With:- IAIN GLEN as Nathan / JULIA FORD as Jackie / ANNETTE CROSBIE as Hattie / FRANK WINDSOR as William / LAURA SADLER as Cassie / ANDREW LEE POTTS as Michael / ADAM KOTZ as Billy / ANNA PATRICK as Sarah / RUSSELL TOVEY as Young Nathan / LYNDON OGBOURNE as Young Billy / MICHAEL SHERLOCK as Young Michael / SHERIDAN SMITH as Young Jackie
BBC Knowledge / 1x30m-e / 2000 (10 November – Friday 9.40pm)
Writer: David Hayles
Period drama based upon the life of famed poet William Blake the man who coined phrases such as ‘Heaven’s Gate’ and ‘The Doors of Perception.
With:- KENNETH CRANHAM as Blake / MEL RAIDO as Samuel Palmer
AND A NIGHTINGALE SANG
Tyne Tees / 1x95m-e / 1989
Writer: Jack Rosenthal / Play: C.P. Taylor / Director: Robert Knights
Period comedy drama. During World War II an innocent Geordie girl is wooed by a soldier.
With:- PHYLLIS LOGAN / TOM WATT / JOAN PLOWRIGHT / PIPPA HINCHLEY / STEPHEN TOMPKINSON / DES YOUNG / VAL McLANE / BOB SMEATON / WILLIE ROSS / LYN DOUGLAS / WILL HAYS / HARRY HERRING / DONALD McBRIDE
AND DID THOSE FEET
BBC / 1x75m-e / 1965 bw
Writer: David Mercer / Director:Don Taylor
Drama. A sucessful businessman is troubled by his illigitimate sons.
With:- DAVID MARKHAM / PATRICK TROUGHTON / WILLOUGHBY GODDARD
AND HERE ALL THE WAY FROM…
BBC ‘Comedy Playhouse’ / 1x25m-e / 1963 8 Mar – Fri 8.50pm /
Writer: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Poducer: Duncan Wood
Comedy. District Commissioner Donald Lawrence travels to London from Borneo in order to be a guest on his brother’s This Is Your Life, but the show is called off.
With:- ERIC BARKER as Donald Lawrence / ERICA ROGERS as Pamela Lawrence / TERENCE ALEXANDER as Robin Ampleforth
AND NO ONE COULD SAVE HER
A-L / 1x75m-e / 1972
Writer: Anthony Skene / Director:Kevin Billington
Thriller. An American woman who is staying in Dublin searches for her missing husband who has mysteriously vanished without a trace.
With:- LEE REMICK / MILO O’SHEA / FRANK GRIMES / JENNIE LINDEN
ANDROCLES AND THE LION
BBC / 1x60m-e / 1938 4 July
Producer: Desmond Davis
Drama. The story of how Androcles removed the thorn from the Lion’s paw. This very early TV production was broadcast live and of course is no longer in existence. Also staged in 1967, see below.
With:- Guy Glover as Lion/Call Boy / Molly Hamley-Clifford as Megaera / Esmé Percy as Androcles / Basil Cunard as Centurion/Retiarius / William Hutchison as Captain / Iris Baker as Lavinia / Don Gemmell as Lentulus/Secutor / Holland Bennett as Metellus / John Gabriel as Spintho / Malcolm Keen as Ferrovius / Newton Blick as Menagerie Keeper / Harvey Braban as Editor / Michael Martin Harvey as Caeser
ANDROCLES AND THE LION
BBC (Play of the Month) / 1x120m-e / 1967
Writer: Peter Stone / Play: George Bernard Shaw / Director: Joe Layton
Drama. Androcles, a Christian fleeing persecution in Rome, befriends a lion after pulling a painful thorn from its paw. Captured by Caesar’s men, Androcles is sent to the Colosseum to face the lions along with other Christians. They include Ferrovius, a fierce fighter who rejects forgiveness to slay the lions; Lavinia, a beautiful aristocrat who is determined to die for her faith; and Spintho, who seeks martyrdom but dies accidentally, in a cowardly fashion. Androcles enters the ring to be sacrificed but is recognized and warmly received by the lion that he had helped.
Using the story of Androcles, Shaw examines true and false religious exaltation, combining the traditions of miracle play and Christmas pantomime into a philosophical farce about early Christianity. The play’s central theme, recurrent in Shaw’s plays, is that one must have something worth dying for–an end outside oneself–to make life worth living. There had been a previous live BBC Version in the very early days of TV in 1938.
With:- Norman Wisdom as Androcles / Noel Coward as Caesar / Ed Ames as Ferrovius / Brian Bedford as Lentulus / John Cullum as Roman Captain / Clifford David as Metellus / Geoffrey Holder as Lion / Kurt Kasznar as Gladiator’s Manager / George Mathews as Centurion / William Redfield as Spintho / Patricia Routledge as Megaera, Androcles’ Wife / Inga Swenson as Lavinia
THE ANDROMEDA BREAKTHROUGH
BBC / 6x45m-e / 1962 28 June – 2 Aug
Writer: Fred Hoyle, John Elliot / Design: Norman Jones / Producer: John Elliot / Directors:John Elliot, John Knight
SciFi Drama serial. A sequel to A For Andromeda. Having destroyed the computer from the 1st serial, scientist John Fleming is forced on the run with Andromeda, but he and Madeleine Dawney must join forces when a toxic enzyme threatens to destroy the Earth.
With:- PETER HALLIDAY as John Fleming / SUSAN HAMPSHIRE as Andromeda / MARY MORRIS as Madeleine Dawney / WALTER GOTELL as Prof Neilson / GEOFFREY LEWIS as Dr Geers / BARRY LINEHAN as Col Salim / DAVID SAIRE as Dr Abu Zeki / ARNOLD YARROW as President
AND THE BEAT GOES ON
C4-Mersey / 8x60m-e / 1996
Writer: Joe Ainsworth / Music: Steve Wright / Costume: Alex McGregor / Creator/Producer: Mal Young / Executive Producer: Phil Redmond / Director:Jeremy Summers
Period drama serial. Liverpool 1960:Two families have very different lifestyles but find their paths crossing.
With:- DANNY McCALL as Ritchie O’Rourke / LISA FAULKNER as Christine Spencer / JENNY AGUTTER as Connie Spencer / NORMAN ROSSINGTON as Pop / JOHN McARDLE as Charlie Woods / DOMINIC JEPHCOTT as Kenneth Fairbrother / STEPHEN MOORE as Nicholas Spencer
AND WHOSE SIDE ARE YOU ON
BBC1 ‘Comedy Playhouse’ / 1x30m-e / 1972 21 Jan – Fri 7.40pm
Writers: David Hardie, Di Hardie, Terence Edmond / Producer: Leon Thau
Comedy. During WWII German Mojor Sperling has his cushy existence in a rural village put under strain by the arrival by the arrival of a tough Gestapo officer.
With:- PATRICK NEWELL as Major Sperling / TIM BARRETT as Pomfret / FREDDIE EARLLE as Gaston / TERENCE EDMOND as Lt Dunkel / JOHN HOLLIS as Muller
BBC / 4x50m-e / 1958
Writer: Constance Cox / Novel:J.B. Priestley / Producer: John Jacobs / Production Design: Frederick Knapman / Director: John Jacobs
Drama serial. The problems of a small London business during the depressed nineteen thirties.
With:- Maurice Denham as Mr. Smeeth / Catherine Feller as Lena Golspie / Alec McCowen as Turgis / Maureen Pryor as Mrs. Smeeth / Sydney Tafler as Mr. Golspie / Margaret Tyzack as Miss. Matfield
BBC1 / 57x50m-e( -79) 97x25m-e(79-83) / 1975-83
Creator: Paula Milne / Script Editor: Tony Holland / Medical Advisor:Eileen Scofield / Producer: Ron Craddock, Julia Smith, Ben Rea,
Medical drama series. Stories of a group of hardworking student nurses. The 25 minute episodes were shown twice weekly.
With:- FIONA FULLERTON as Patricia Rutherford / JULIE DAWN COLE as Jo Longhurst / KARAN DAVID as Sita Patel / LESLEY DUNLOP as Ruth Fullman / PAULINE QUIRKE as Vicky Smith / JULIET WALEY as Alison Streeter / ERIN GERAGHTY as Margaret Morahan / CLARE CLIFFORD as Shirley Brent / SHIRLEY CHERITON as Kathy Betts / KATHRYN APANOWICZ as Rose Butchins
Granada / 1x120m-e / 1992
Writer: Tony Grisoni / Producer: Gub Neal / Director: Philip Saville
Fantasy drama. Three guardian angels help three souls evaluate their past lives.
With:- TOM BELL / ALFRED MOLINA / CATHY TYSON / NIAMH CUSACK / WARREN CLARKE / LOUISE LOMBARD / JAMES PUREFOY
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