UK TV Drama Guide

Beck to A Better Class of Person – The UK TV Drama Guide

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The UK TV Drama Guide

All dramas starting with the letter B. This is part three and takes you from Beck to A Better Class of Person.

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BECK

BBC1-Tempest Films / 6x50m-e / Broadcast 2 October – 1 November 1996

Creator: Paul Hines / Producer: Jacky Stoller / Director: Maurice Phillips

Drama series. Cases of a woman who runs the Locate missing persons agency in Kings Cross London.

cast
AMANDA REDMAN as Beck / CAROLINE LONCQ as Therese / DAVID HUNT as Mick Farrant / WILLIAM ASH as Ralph

 

BED

BBC2 (for Performance) / 1x50m-e / Broadcast 21 October 1995 @ 9.40pm

Writer: Jim Cartwright / Producer: Kevin Loader / Director: Steve Shill

Surreal comedy drama. Seven very old people all share the same bed. Much of the drama is a kind of dream sequence as Captain, a new patient in a long care home for the elderly, tries to settle in to his new surroundings.

RENEE ASHERSON as Marjorie / ROBIN BAILEY as Charles / JUNE BROWN as Spinster / DORA BRYAN as Bosom Lady / PHYLLIS CALVERT as Woman / MAURICE DENHAM as Man / RICHARD E. GRANT as Nurse/Bedhead / LIONEL JEFFRIES as Captain

 

BEDTIME

BBC1 / 12x30m / 2001,2002

Writer/Director: Andy Hamilton / Producer: Sue Howells

Comedy drama looking into the lives of the residents of three adjoining houses as bedtime approaches. Andrew and Alice Oldfield live in the middle house and have appeared in both series. Their neighbours changed between series 1 and 2.

With: SHEILA HANCOCK as Alice / TIMOTHY WEST as Andrew /
Series 2 additional cast:- ALUN ARMSTRONG as Neil / KEVIN MCNALLY as Simon / DOON MACKICHAN as Faith / ADAM PAUL HARVEY as Ralph / SIENNA MILLER as Stacey

 

BEECH IS BACK

ITV1 / 6×60 minute episodes / 2001

Directors:- Justin Hardy, Derek Lister

A short-run series spinning off from THE BILL telling the story of the return of corrupt former-Sun Hill officer Don Beech who escaped justice and fled to Australia at the conclusion of a long-running plotline in The Bill the previous year. Ex-Detective Sergeant Claire Stanton obsessed with putting Don Beech away following his murder of her boyfriend DS John Boulton follows a lead and attempts to track him down.

With :- BILLY MURRAY as Don Beech / CLARA SALAMAN as Claire Stanton /MILES PARAS as Frankie Nguyen

 

BEFORE THE SUN GOES DOWN

ITV Network-Associated Rediffusion (for Television Playhouse) / 1x60m-e / 1959 20 February black and white

Writer: Lester Fuller / Music: Ron Grainer played by Ron Grainer and Geoff Lofts / Design: John Clements / Director: Robert Tronson

SciFi drama. What is the significance of a mysterious satellite that appears over London – is it alien or military in origin? A drunken Irishman and a young girl find themselves alone in the city after the capital is evacuated.

cast
Moultrie Kelsall as Prime Minister / Joyce Barbour as Madame / Charles Farrell as Bully / Richard Caldicott as General / Margot Van der Burgh as Anna / Harry Landis as Spiv / Anthony Nicholls as Doctor / Douglas Bradley-Smith as Civil servant / Eddie Byrne as Vek / Gerald C. Lawson as Revivalist / Colin Keith Johnson as Scientist / Ewen MacDuff as Admiral

 

THE BEFRIENDERS

BBC1 / 11x50m-e / 1972 (19 Feb to 29-Apr)

Creator: Harry W. Junkin / Producers: John Henderson, Harry W. Junkin

Drama. Cases from the files of a group of Samaritans. Guest stars included Patrick Troughton, Liza Goddard, Jean Marsh, Anthony Bate, Gordon Jackson, William Lucas, Glyn Houston and Barbara Lott. Grew out of a Drama Playhouse entry broadcast Monday 30 November 1970 @ 9.50pm

With:- PETER ARMITAGE as Chuck / MICHAEL CULVER as Jerry / MEGS JENKINS as Janet / JENNY TILL as Frances

 

THE BEGGAR BRIDE

BBC1 / 2x75m-e / 1997

Writer: Lizzie Mickery / Novel:Gillian White / Producer: Kate Harwood / Director: Diarmuid Lawrence

Drama serial. Angela Harper decides to save her family from the poverty trap by embarking on a bigamous marriage with an extremely wealthy man.

With:- KEELEY HAWES as Angela Harper / JOE DUTTINE as Billy Harper / NICHOLAS JONES as Sir Fabian Ormerod / CHARLOTTE WILLIAMS as Honesty Ormerod / JEAN ANDERSON as Lady Alice / DIANA KENT as Ffiona Ormerod

 

BEGGARS AND CHOOSERS

ITV Network-ATV (for Love Story) / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast: Tuesday 7th July 1964 @ 9.10pm

Writer: Lewis Greifer / Producer: Hugh Rennie / Director: Eric Price

Romantic drama. A long-time bachelor Sergeant falls in love with a NAAFI girl.

cast
Leonard Rossiter as Sgt ‘Tubby’ Watson / Patrick Newell as Sgt Arthur Shrubsole / Avril Elgar as Louise Hargreaves / James Culliford as Private Mason / Marjie Lawrence as Anne Riley / Nicholas Bennett as Private Horner

 

BEHAVING BADLY

Channel 4-Humphrey Barclay Productions / 4×60 minutes / 20 February – 13 March 1989

Writers: Catherine Heath, Moira Williams / Music: Stephen Oliver / Production Design: Eileen Diss / Producers: Humphrey Barclay, Moira Williams / Executive Producer: Al Mitchell / Director: David Tucker

Drama serial. A faithful wife’s life is changed when her husband walks out on her for another woman. She amazes her family by starting to live life to the full. Fore more details see the episode guide here.

cast
JUDI DENCH as Bridget / DOUGLAS HODGE as Giles / GWEN WATFORD as Frieda / RONALD PICKUP as Mark / JOELY RICHARDSON as Serafina / FRANCES BARBER as Rebecca

 

THE BEIDERBECKE AFFAIR

 

THE BEIDERBECKE CONNECTION

ITV Network-Yorkshire / 4x60m-e / 1988 27 Nov – 18 Dec

Writer: Alan Plater / Music: Frank Ricotti / Producer: Michael Glynn

Comedy drama serial. The third in the Beiderbecke trilogy. Schoolteachers Trevor and Jill help a Russian refugee who is seeking political asylum, but things are not what they seem. In this serial Trevor and Jill have finally got married and have a child.

With:- JAMES BOLAM as Trevor Chaplin / BARBARA FLYNN as Jill Swinburne / DUDLEY SUTTON as Mr Carter / KEITH SMITH as Mr Wheeler / PATRICK DRURY as Ivan / TERENCE RIGBY as Big Al / DANNY SCHILLER as Little Norm / DOMINIC JEPHCOTT as Det Insp Hobson

 

THE BEIDERBECKE TAPES

ITV Network-Yorkshire / 2x90m-e / 1987 13-20 December

Writer: Alan Plater / Music: Frank Ricotti / Producer: Michael Glynn

Comedy drama serial. Part two of the Beiderbecke trilogy. Jill and Trevor are now living together in this second serial (following the six part Beiderbecke Affair of two years previously) having been on the cusp of it first time out and all is calm and lovely until jazz fanatic Trevor gets given a Bix Beiderbecke cassette that actually doesn’t contain music but is a recording of a top secret conversation about the dumping of nuclear waste.

This is of course the catalyst for Jill and Trevor to put their investigating caps on, soon though they are being targetted by six men in suits and a “tough guy” who makes it plain bones will be broken if they keep up with their investigations.

With:- JAMES BOLAM as Trevor Chaplin / BARBARA FLYNN as Jill Swinburne / DUDLEY SUTTON as Mr Carter / KEITH SMITH as Mr Wheeler / BERYL REID as Sylvia / MALCOLM STORRY as Peterson / DAVID BATTLEY as John

 

BEING APRIL

BBC1 / 6x60m / started 20 June / 9:00pm

Writer: Pete Lawson / Director: Syd Macartney / Producer: Deborah Jones

Comedy drama series. April is the mother of three children all of whom have different fathers that are very much still on the scene.

With:- PAULINE QUIRKE as April / VICTOR MCGUIRE as Richard / NICHOLAS GLEAVES as Eddie / NITIN GANATRA as Sunil / CLIVE RUSSELL as Callum / RAKIE AYLOA as Taneshia / JUSTIN ALLDER as Grainger / AMITA DHIRI as Nikshita

 

BEING NORMAL

BBC / 1x85m-e / 1983

Writer: Brian Phelan / Director: Pete Smith

Drama. A young boy has a medical condition which stops him growing.

With:-ANNA CARTERET / DAVID SUCHET

 

BEL AMI

BBC-2 / 5×45 minute episodes / Broadcast Sunday 8 May – Sunday 5 June 1971

Writer: Guy De Maupassant (Dramatised by Robert Muller) / Designer: Chris Pemsel / Script Editor: Lennox Phillips / Producer: Martin Lisemore / Director: John Davies

Period drama serial. The life of thoroughly bad egg Georges Duroy, set in Paris in the 1890’s. The five episodes were:- Georges (8 May 71); Clotilde (15 May 71); Madeleine (22 May 71); Virginie (29 May 71) and Suzanne (5 June 71)

cast
Robin Ellis as Georges Duroy / Suzanne Neve as Madeleine / Elvi Hale as Clotilde / John Bryans as M. Walter / James Cossins as Forestier

 

THE BELL

BBC2 / 1×50 minute episode 3x55m-e / 13 January – 3 February 1982

Writer: Reg Gadney / Script Editor: Betty Willingale / Novel: Iris Murdoch / Production Design: Chris Pemsel / Music: Chris Wilkinson / Producer: Jonathan Powell / Director: Barry Davis DAVIS, Barry

Period drama serial. In the 1950’s problems arise in the lay vegetarian community attached to a convent. For more details see the episode guide here.

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Tessa Peake-Jones as Dora Greenfield / Derrick O’Connor as Noel Spens / Gareth Thomas as James Tayper / Michael Maloney as Toby Gashe / James Warwick as Paul Greenfield / Rowena Cooper as Mrs Mark / Trudie Styler as Catherine Fawley / Tim Wylton as Fr Bob Joyce / Patricia Heneghan as Sister Ursula / Ian Holm as Michael Meade / Kenneth Cranham as Nick Fawley / Edward Hardwicke as Peter Topglass / Bryan Pringle as Patchway / William Simons as Mark Strafford / Rachel Kempson as Abbess / Richard Pearson as Bishop / Lottie as Murphy (the dog)

 

BELLA AND THE BOYS

BBC2 / 1x80m / 15 February 2004

Writer/Director: Brian Hill / Producer: Katie Baliff

Drama. Set in 1990 in a children’s home as Bella and her two friends Lee and Martin share a sometimes very intimate friendship – intermixed with scenes from the present day as the care home is closing down and the ex-residents get together for a reunion.

With:- BILLIE PIPER as Bella / TOM BURKE as Lee / FREDDIE CUNLIFFE as Martin / LENORA CRICHLOW as Stacy / JANE LAPOTAIRE as Mrs Rogers

 

THE BELLS OF HELL

BBC-2 (Late Night Horror) / 1×22 minutes / Friday 17 May 1968 @ 11.15pm

Writer: Hugh Whitmore / Story by Robert Aickman / Producer: Harry Moore / Story Editor: Richard Davis / Designer: Richard Wilmot / Director: Naomi Capon

Spooky drama. Three months after their marriage Phrynne and Gerald Banstead spend some time at picturesque East Anglian pub The Bell, deserted apart from the owners Mr and Mrs Pascoe and the strange Commander Shotcroft, the Bansteads soon find out they are in for a night of terror. Repeated on BBC-1 on 5 December 1969. The production is no longer in existence but in 2002 Mark Gatiss and Jeremy Dyson of The League of Gentlemen mounted a radio version with George Baker and Barbara Shelley as The Bansteads. 1 of 6 productions that went under the Umbrella title Late Night Horror.

cast
Michele Dotrice as Phrynne Banstead / Ronald Hines as Gerald Banstead / Pauline Letts as Mrs Pascoe / Keith Pyott as Commander Shotcroft / Jerold Wells as Don Pascoe
Lindsay Kemp as Gravedigger/Ealing Dancer / Gavin Campbell as Ealing Dancer/voice recording / Dancers were George Rutland, Robin Sherringham, Aubrey Wolfson, Roy Simpson, Bob Anthony, Jack Birkett

 

BELLWEATHER NINE

ITV Network-Associated Rediffusion (for Television Playhouse) / 1x60m-e / Broadcast Friday 15 May 1959 @ 9.00pm in black and white

Writer: A.P. Dearsley / Design: Frank Gillman / Director: John Rhodes

SciFi drama. A scatty professor plans to beat the government into the space race.

With:- CHARLES LLOYD PACK as Humphrey Bellweather / JOYCE CAREY as Amanda Pryce-Pryce / PETER MYERS as Monty Brotherton / JOSE READ as Doris Hockley / ANTHONY SHARP as Fingle / JAMES BELCHAMBER as Jones / DEREK AYLWARD as Mervyn Dashwood

 

BELONGING

ITV1 / 1x120m / 12 September 2004

Novel: Stevie Davis / Dramatised by: Alan Plater / Director: Chris Menaul / Producers: Jenny Edwards, Jeanna Polley

When Jess Copplestone’s husband Jacob leaves her for a younger woman, she is left to care for his frail elderly relatives.

With:- BRENDA BELTHYN as Jess Copplestone / ROSEMARY HARRIS as May Copplestone / ANNA MASSEY as Brenda / PETER SALLIS as Nathan / KEVIN WHATELY as Jacob Copplestone / JILL BAKER as Cathy

 

BEN AGAIN

ITV Network-Granada (for Television Playhouse) / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 22 March 1963 @ 9.15pm in black and white

Writer: Peter Nichols / Director: Gordon Flemyng

Comedy drama. A sequel to the two years earlier Ben Spray detailing further episodes in the life of put upon school teacher Ben Spray (see below).

With:- Dinsdale Landen as Ben Spray / Ann Bell / John Bonney / Joyce Heron / William Kendall / Philip Locke / Diana Coupland

 

THE BENCH

BBC1 / 10x30m / Began 27 May 2002 / 2:55pm

Drama following the proceedings of a welsh magistrate’s court. Originally shown regionally on BBC Wales.

With:- MARK LEWIS JONES as Des Davies / LESLEY VICKERAGE as Katharine Tyrell

 

BENEATH THE SKIN

ITV1 / 2x90m / 3-4 July 2005

Novel: Nicci French / Adaption: Gwyneth Hughes / Director: Sarah Harding / Producer: Lars MacFarlane

Young teacher Zoe foils a mugging and becomes a local hero. She then receives anonymous letters threatening her life and is later murdered. Jennifer is a mother who starts to receive similar letters and is also murdered – what links these women? When
pet shop worker Nadia starts to get similar letters, the police put her under protection but she is determined to find out the truth herself. The viewer knows who the villain is and he has befriended Nadia but the police have ruled him out of their enquiries!

With:- REBECCA PALMER as Nadia Blake / STEPHANIE LEONIDAS as Zoe Haratounian / EMMA FIELDING as Jennifer Hintlesham / JAMIE DRAVEN as PC Andrew Stadden / PHYLLIS LOGAN as DCI Grace Shilling / LEX SHRAPNEL as Fred / DANIEL MAYS Moz

 

BEN HALL

BBC/ABC / 13x50m-e / 1975

Producer: Neil McCallum

Period action adventure series. Exploits of an Aussie outlaw called Ben Hall. An Australian-Britain co-production.

With:- JON FINCH / JOHN CASTLE

 

BENNY HILL

BBC / 19x25m-e / 1962-63 3 Seasons

Producers: Duncan Wood, John Street

An anthology series of one off comedies tailored to the talents of Benny Hill who was normally to be seen in his sketch series The Benny Hill Show.

 

BEN SPRAY

Twice done comedy by Peter Nichols about Schoolteacher Ben going to a party.

1. 1961 Granada with Ian Hendry as Ben

2. 1972 LWT with John Alderton as Ben

 

BEN TRAVERS FARCES

BBC1 / 7x60m-e / 1970 19 Sep – 31 Oct Saturdays 9.00pm

Writer: Ben Travers / Producer: Eric Fawcett

An antholgy of seven Ben Travers classic stage farces. 1.ROOKERY NOOK 2. A CUCKOO IN THE NEST, 3. TURKEY TIME, 4. A CUP OF KINDNESS 5. PLUNDER, 6. DIRTY WORK, 7. SHE FOLLOWS ME ABOUT. The casts included:- Richard Briars, Arthur Lowe, Irene Handl, Megs Jenkins, Frank Thornton, Clive Dunn and Terence Alexander

 

BERGERAC

BBC1 / 81x50m-e 5x90m-e / 1981-91

Creator: Robert Banks Stewart / Music: George Fenton / Producers: Robert Banks Stewart, Jonathan Alwyn, George Gallaccio, Juliet Grimm

Crime drama series set on the idyllic tax haven of Jersey, the series starred John Nettles as recovering alcoholic Sergeant Jim Bergerac. Jim worked for the for the Bureau Des Estrangers which specialised in dealing with millionaire tax exiles and tourists and so on. Originally known jokingly among the press as “Jersey Five-0” the show was immediately popular and actually boosted the tourist trade on the island ten fold. Jim was divorced but his father in law, the very rich Charlie Hungerford, appeared in every episode, over the years the pair had a kind of love hate relationship but ended up quietly respecting each other.
During the first season Jim shacked up with the beautiful French girl Frankie but his most long term relationship was with estate agent Susan Young who would later die in very mysterious circumstances. Jim also had a very flirtatious thing going with jewel thief Phillipa Vale played by Liza Goddard who appeared in several episodes over the years.
Although obviously mainly concerning itself with thievery, murder and the like the was not scared to occasionally experiment and the odd episode edged towards horror or the unexplained. Towards the end of the show Jim fell in love with a French woman and actually quit the force and by the final series was working as a private detective both in Jersey and France. Other regulars on the show included Jim’s boss Barney Crozier, secretary Peggy Masters and pub owner Diamante Lil. Over the years there were five feature length Christmas specials, the show also attracted a high calibre of guest stars including a young Joanne Whalley, Geoffrey Palmer, Liza Goddard, Greta Scacchi (in season ones The Hood and the Harlequin), Warren Clarke and many more. Jim drove a vintage 1959 burgundy triumph roadster. John Nettles went on to star in the Miss Marple like Midsomer Murders.

With:- JOHN NETTLES as Jim Bergerac / TERENCE ALEXANDER as Charlie Hungerford / SEAN ARNOLD as Barney Crozier / DEBORAH GRANT as Deborah Bergerac / LOUISE JAMESON as Susan Young / MELA WHITE as Diamante Lil / NANCY MANSFIELD as Peggy Masters / JOHN TELFER as D.C. Willy Petit / DAVID KERSHAW as D.C. Ben Lomas / CECILE PAOLI as Frankie(season 1)

 

BERKELY SQUARE

BBC1 / 10x50m-e / 1998

Creators: Deborah Cook, Suzanne Van de Velde / Music: John Altman / Costume: Jeremy Turner / Producer: Alison Davis

Period drama series set in turn of the century London and following the lives and loves of three young Nanny’s working for the aristocratic families that live in well to do Berkeley Square.

Clare Wilkie (who had previously starred in ill fated soap Eldorado as well as Eastenders) is Matty Wickham, young but definitely knows how she wants her nursery run, she is hired by the strict Victoria St John (Hermoine Norris of Cold Feet and Spooks) Lydia Weston (played by Tabitha Wadey) is the small town farm girl who is taken in to replace ageing Nanny Collins (Rosemary Leach) in the household of the Earl and Countess Lamson-Scribner, whilst Hannah Randall Ballyk’s Victoria Smurfit) gets a job as nurse maid with the Hutchinsons but has a desperate secret she is hiding from her new employees, she has had a child illegitimately and has had to leave it in the care of her landlady Mrs Bronowski.

As the episodes progress, the three girls get to know each other and friendships develop and they find their places in their respective households and along the way Matty falls for Ned (Jason O’Mara), the son who is seeking shelter with his mum, housekeeper Mrs McClusky (the brilliant Kate Williams from Love Thy Neighbour), after accidentally killing a man in a fight. Midway through this highly enjoyable series there is a sad twist which allows Hannah to bring her own baby into the Hutchinson household an event that leads to major trouble for all concerned, not least poor old Mrs Branowski.

High production values, great casting and strong storylines make this a great series, it’s clear that the producers had plans for a second series and its hard to understand why the BBC didn’t commit to a second run of episodes.

With:- VICTORIA SMURFIT as Hannah Randall / TABITHA WADEY as Lydia Weston / CLARE WILKIE as Matty Wickham / ROSEMARY LEACH as Nanny Collins / KATE WILLIAMS as Mrs McClusky / BRIONY GLASSCO as Constance / RUTH SHEEN as Nanny Simmons / HERMOINE NORRIS as Victoria St John

 

BERNARD AND THE GENIE

BBC1 / 1x70m-e / 1991

Writer: Richard Curtis / Director: Colin Weitland

Comedy Fantasy. An out of work art dealer discovers a genie inside a magic lamp who brings him revenge on the oily boss who sacked him.

With:- ALAN CUMMING as Bernard / LENNY HENRY as Josephus / ROWAN ATKINSON / DENIS LILL / ANGELA CLARKE / JOHN GABRIEL / BEAU BRYANT / ANDREE BERNARD / MELVYN BRAGG / ANGIE CLARK / JANET HENREY / MARCIA ASHTON / SHEILA LATIMER / SALLY GEOGHAN / GARY WHELAN / TREVOR LAIRD

 

BERNARD DELFONT’S SUNDAY SHOW

ITV (ATV) / x60 minute episodes / 1960-62 shown Sundays between 8.00 and 9.00pm / black and white

Producers: Albert Locke, Kenneth Carter, Jon Scoffield

A variety show that was broadcast from prominent impresario Bernard Delfont’s own Prince of Wales theatre in London.

 

BERTIE AND ELIZABETH

ITV1 / 1x120m / 4 June 2002 / 8:30pm

Writer: Nigel Williams / Director: Giles Foster / Producer: Jo Willett

Period drama. The story of Elizabeth Bowes Lyon’s marriage to the king’s brother, the Duke of York (known as Bertie), showing how their lives changed following the king’s abdication and Bertie’s succession to the thrown as King George VI with Elizabeth as his Queen. Elizabeth would later become known as The Queen Mother and this drama was broadcast two months after her death.

With:- JAMES WILBY as Bertie / JULIET AUBREY as Elizabeth / EILEEN ATKINS as Queen Mary / ALAN BATES as King George V / DOLLY WELLS as Princes Mary

 

BERYL’S LOT

Yorkshire / 26x60m-e 26x30m-e / 1973-77 3 Seasons

Creator: Kevin Laffan / Executive Producers: Peter Wiles, David Cunliffe

Comedy drama series. Milkman’s wife Beryl Humphries is determined to improve herself, and sets about doing so. This easy going series was part of ITV’s afternoon schedule

With:- CARMEL McSHARRY as Beryl Humphries / MARK KINGSTON as Tom Humphries(S1-2) / GEORGE SELWAY as Tom Humphries(S3) / VERNA HARVEY as Rosie Humphries / TONY CAUNTER as Trevor Tonks / ANITA CAREY as Babs Humphries / ROBIN ASKWITH as Fred Pickering(S1-2) / BRIAN CAPRON as Jack Humphries

 

THE BESPOKE OVERCOAT

BBC / 1x30m-e / 1954 17 February black and white

Writer: Wolf Mankowitz / Producer: Eric Fawcett

Drama. The ghost of a poor warehouse clerk who died from the cold persuades a tailor to steal a coat.

Fender……………………………………….. ALFIE BASS

Morry…………………………………………. DAVID KOSSOFF

Ranting………………………………………. ARNOLD DIAMOND

 

BEST EVER BOND

ITV1 / 1x90m / 22 November 2002

Director: John Piper / Executive Producer: Peter A Gordon

To celebrate 40 years of James Bond films, former Bond actor, Roger Moore, presented a run-down of the top 10 best ever Bond film moments as voted for by TV Times readers. Each entry was accompanied by interviews with those involved giving behind the scenes insights to the clips. The top voted moment was the laser beam scene in Goldfinger, “Do you expect me to talk?”, “No, Mr Bond, I expect you to die!”.

 

BEST INVENTIONS

BBC1 / 7x30m / started 16 January 2002 / 7:30pm

Producer: Catherine Mabb / Series Producer: Alison Gregory

New British inventions are tested before a studio audience who judge which is the most effective. Presented by Katy Hill and Trevor Baylis.

 

BEST OF BOTH WORLDS

BBC1-AKA Pics-Zenith Entertainment / 3x50m-e / 2001 (First Episode: Sunday 18 February / 9.00pm)

Writer: Paul Abbott / Producer: Hilary Bevan Jones / Executive Producers: Adrian Bate, Gareth Neame / Director: David Richards

Drama serial. Diane Sullivan is an air stewardess and is married, her dilemma starts when she falls in love with Italian Mark Landucci and starts a double life spending half the week in Italy and half the week in the UK.

With:- ALICE EVANS as Diane Sullivan / JO STONE-FEWINGS as Martin Sullivan / CAL MACANINCH as Mark Landucci / EWAN PHILLIPS as Jack Sullivan / SUSAN BROWN as Annie Sullivan / CAROL STARKS as Karen / JOSEPH KPOBIE as Craig / FROG STONE as Justine / ALEX NOODLE as Sean / LINDA KERR SCOTT as Ida / KATE WILLIAMS as Brigitte / CATHY MURPHY as Trish / ROBERTO CITRAN as Signor Garaldi

 

THE BEST OF FRIENDS

ATV / 1x30m-e / 1977 1 September – Thursday 7.00pm

Writer: Linette Purbi Perry / Producer/Director: Shaun O’Riordan

Comedy. Nicholas Barry and his girlfriend go to stay with his elderly aunt, she doesn’t realise they expect to share a bed.

Miss Vaughan……………………………… JESSIE EVANS

Nicholas Barry…………………………….. PETER BLYTHE

Sally Morton……………………………….. CATHERINE CHASE

Olwyn Lloyd………………………………… MARGARET COURTNAY

Emily Lloyd…………………………………. MEGS JENKINS

Dr Hamer……………………………………. GERALD JAMES

 

THE BEST OF FRIENDS

London / 1x95m-e / 1991

Writer: Hugh Whitmore / Producer/Director: Alvin Rakoff

Period drama. The relationship (through the letters they regularly sent one another) of Museum director Sir Sydney Cockerell, a Benedictine Abbess and George Bernard Shaw.

Sir Sydney Cockerell………………… JOHN GIELGUD

George Bernard Shaw………………. PATRICK McGOOHAN

Also with:- WENDY HILLER / PAUL KEOWN / ALAN ROWE / AMMA ASSANTE

 

THE BEST PAIR OF LEGS IN THE BUSINESS

Yorkshire / 1x60m-e / 1968

Writer: Kevin Laffan

Comedy drama. The story of fading music hall star Sherry Sheridan.

Sherry Sheridan……………………….. REG VARNEY

 

THE BEST PLAY OF…

ITV (Granada) / 6 episodes / 5 December 1976 – 8 Mar 1978

Producers: Laurence Olivier, Derek Granger

Staging of various plays targeting various years of this century. This was big budget stuff as befitting someone of the stature of Olivier who had plans to produce a play for every year of the century but in the end only 6 were produced. Olivier himself co-directed Hindle Wakes which marked his debut as a TV director.

The plays were:-

1. 1960: THE COLLECTION
Writer: Harold Pinter / Director: Michael Apted
With:- Alan Bates / Helen Mirren / Malcom McDowell

2. 1955: CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF
Writer: Tennessee Williams / Director: Robert Moore
With:- Laurence Olivier as Big Daddy / Natalie Wood / Robert Wagner / Maureen Stapleton / Jack Hedley

3. 1912: HINDLE WAKES
Directors: June Howson, Laurence Olivier
With:- Donald Pleasance / Rosemary Leach / Jack Hedley / Pat Heywood / Rosalind Ayres / Roy Dotrice

4. 1973: SATURDAY SUNDAY MONDAY
Director: Alan Bridges / Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall
With:- Edward Woodward, Frank Finlay

5. 1950: COME BACK LITTLE SHEBA
Director: Silvio Narizzano
With:- Patience Collier / Joanne Woodward / Carrie Fisher

6. 1949: DAPHNE LAUREOLA
Director: Waris Hussein
With:- Arthur Lowe / Joan Plowright

 

BETJEMAN’S BRITAIN

ITV / 1980 25 August

Producer/Director: Charles Wallace

Light Entertainment. A bringing to life of some of John Betjeman’s poems featuring Eric Morecambe, Jenny Agutter, Beryl Reid, Susannah York and John Alderton.

 

BETSY MAE

BBC ‘Comedy Playhouse’ / 1x25m-e / 1965

Writers: Mike Sharland, Ken Hoare / Director: Douglas Moodie

Comedy. A 12 year old boy interviews a well known children’s author who unfortunately doesn’t like children.

Betsy Mae Meadows……………………. HERMOINE GINGOLD

Roger Kaye……………………………….. NICHOLAS PHIPPS

Also with:- PETER ELLIOTT / MICHAEL NEWPORT

 

A BETTER CLASS OF PERSON

Thames / 1x90m-e / 1985

Writer: John Osborne / Producer/Director: Frank Cintanovich

Period drama. The writer John Osborne grows up during World War II.

Young John………………………………… GERRY CAPELIN

Mr Osborne………………………………… ALAN HOWARD

Mrs Osborne………………………………. EILEEN ATKINS

Older John…………………………………. NEIL McPHERSON

Isabel……………………………………….. SOPHIE WARD

Raymond…………………………………… SPENCER BANKS

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