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Bit Of A Holiday, A to Bloody Sunday – The UK TV Drama Guide

The UK TV Drama Guide

All dramas starting with the letter B. This is part five and takes you from Bit Of A Holiday, A to Bloody Sunday.

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A BIT OF A HOLIDAY

Yorkshire TV ‘The Root of All Evil’ / 1x60m-e / 1969 1 Dec

Writer: Charles Wood

Comedy drama. A writer travels to Rome to work on a film script. This play led to the series Don’t Forget To Write.

With:- GEORGE COLE as Gordon Maple / GWEN WATFORD as Mabel Maple

 

A BIT OF A LIFT

Thames / 1x60m-e / 1973

Writer: Donald Churchill / Director: Dennis Vance

Comedy. A hotel’s residents include a would be suicide and a would be philanderer.

With:- DONALD CHURCHILL / RONALD FRASER / ANNE BEACH

 

BLACK AND BLUE

BBC2 / 6x30m-e / 1973

Producer: Mark Shivas

An anthology of comedy dramas which as the title suggests veered towards the black or the blue.The shows were:-1.Secrets, 2.The Middle of the Roadshow For All the Family, 3. High Kampf, 4. Rust, 5.Soap Opera in Stockwell, 6.Glorious Miles, The casts included:- Warren Mitchell, Bill Fraser, John Le Mesurier, Elizabeth Spriggs, Alfie Bass and Peter Vaughan.

 

BLACK AND BLUE

BBC / 1x80m-e / 1982

Writer: G.F. Newman / Director: David Hayman

Crime drama. A young black copper gets involved in uncovering corruption in the met.

With:- CHRISTOPHER JOHN HALL / LINUS ROACHE / MARTIN SHAW / IAIN GLEN / DON HENDERSON / DAVID MORRISSEY / RAY WINSTONE / ROWENA KING / FRASER JAMES / CLIVE WADDERBURN / ROGER SEWELL / DAVID THEWLISS / MADHAV SHARMA / TERRY SUE PATT

 

THE BLACK AND BLUE LAMP

BBC / 1x / 1988

Writer: Arthur Ellis / Producer: Brenda Reid

Fantasy crime drama. A petty crook from the 1990’s suddenly finds himself being ‘interrogated in a 1988 police station.

With:- SEAN CHAPMAN / JOHN WOODVINE / KENNETH CRANHAM

 

THE BLACK AND WHITE MINSTREL SHOW

BBC / 200+x45m-e / 1958-78

Variety show featuring the Blacked Up Mitchell Minstrels. The shows with breaks from singing for comedy moments were popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s but over time went on to become obviously unacceptable in today’s multi-cultural society. Originated from a one off special called the 1957 Television Minstrels.

 

THE BLACK ARROW

BBC / 2x40m-e / 1951 20 May – 27 May black and white

Writer: John Blatchley / Novel:R.L. Stevenson / Producer: Naomi Capon

Period drama serial. During the bitter War of the Roses a young man is forced to do battle against his evil uncle.

With:- DENNIS CLINTON / JOHN GARLEY / DENIS QUILLEY / KEITH MICHELL / TARN BASSETT

 

THE BLACK ARROW

BBC / 20x25m-e / 1972-75

Producer: Peter Croft

Period action adventure series. An extension of the 1951 serial still set during the War of the Roses.

With:- WILLIAM SQUIRE / GLYN OWEN / SIMON CUFF

 

THE BLACK BRIGAND

BBC / x30 minute episodes / 1956 black and white

Ruritania style period drama serial about Don Fernando who seeks justice and helps people in need, much like Robin Hood, and does battle against the evil King Carl. Don Fernando is determined to see Carl removed from power and see the true Queen Esmerelda take her place at the head of the country.

With:- William Devlin as Carl the White King, Laidman Browne as Don Rogano / Anthony Newlands played Fernando

 

BLACK CAB

BBC2-World / 10x10m-e / 2000 8-31 May various days/times

Creator: Amelia Bullmore / Camera: Ken Brinsley BSC / Titles: 4:2:2 Bristol / Music: Brendan Croker / Producers: Chris Clough, Jake Lushington

An anthology series of short dramas set in the back of taxi cabs.

 

THE BLACK CANDLE

Tyne Tees/Worldwide / 2x90m-e / 1991

Writer: Gordon Hann / Novel: Catherine Cookson / Producer: Ray Marshall / Costume: Linda Matlock / Design: Ash Wilkinson / Executive Producer: Michael Chaplin, Ray Marshall / Director: Roy Battersby

Period drama serial. A factory owner falls in love with her foreman but tragedy awaits them when he is accused of murder.

With:- SAMANTHA BOND as Bridget Mordaunt / NATHANIEL PARKER as Lionel Filmore / DENHOLM ELLIOTT as William Filmore / TARA FITZGERALD as Victoria Mordaunt / SIAN PHILLIPS as Daisy Barnett / JAMES GADDAS as Joe Skinner / PRESTON LOCKWOOD as Bright / RONALD HINES as Douglas Filmore / CATHY SANDFORD / BOB SMEATON / BRIAN HOGG / MO HAROLD / ANNE JAMESON / ROGER AVON / PEGGY SHEILDS

 

BLACK EASTER

BBC2 / 1x90m-e / 1995

Writer: David Pirie / Producer: Peter Goodchild / Director: Ben Bolt

Futuristic thriller. In Germany in the year March 2000 Detective Alex Fischer investigates the murder of a young Danish woman, meanwhile the threat of a mass exodus of refugees caused by civil war in Russia threatens to engulf Europe.

With:- TREVOR EVE as Alex Fischer / SHAUN DINGWALL as Schuster / BRUCE MYERS as Dix / JOHN SHRAPNEL as Heiger / AMANDA OOMS as Anna / PETER JORDAN as Journalist

 

BLACKEYES

BBC1 / 4x55m-e / 1989 29 November – 20 December

Writer/Director: Dennis Potter / Music: Max Harris / Producer: Rick McCallum

Drama serial. Fantasy and reality mingle when a lecherous old man writes a novel about an ex-model.

With:- CAROL ROYLE as Jessica / MICHAEL GOUGH / GINA BELLMAN as Blackeyes / NIGEL PLANER / GARY LOVE / JOHN SHRAPNEL as Detective Blake

 

THE BLACKHEATH POISONINGS

Central / 2x120m-e / 1992

Creator: Kenny McBain / Writer: Simon Raven / Novel:Julian Symons / Music: Colin Towns

Period crime drama serial. In Victorian times a wealthy family fall under suspicion when the head of the household is poisoned.

Isabel Collard…………………………….. CHRISTINE KAVANAGH

George Collard…………………………… IAN McNEICE

Charlotte Collard………………………… ZOE WANAMAKER

Harriet Collard…………………………… JUDY PARFITT

Robert Dangerfield……………………… PATRICK MALAHIDE

Roger Vandervent……………………… JAMES FAULKNER

Paul Vandervent……………………….. CHRISTIAN ANHOLT

Beatrice Vandervent…………………… JULIA ST. JOHN

Maid………………………………………. LUCY BRIERS

 

BLACK LIMELIGHT

ITV Network-ABC (for Armchair Theatre) / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 30 September 1956 @ 9.00pm
Writer: Gordon Sherry / Design: Bertram Tyrer / Producer: Philip Saville

Thriller. Peter Carrington is prime suspect in a triple murder case and is on the run, police have surrounded his house but his wife is convinced of his innocence.

cast
David Williams as Coles (from CID) / John Robinson as Peter Charrington / Rosalie Crutchley as Mary Charrington / Betty Henderson as Jemima (a servant) / Victor Brooks as Tanner / John Welsh as Lawrence Manfred / Charles Honston as Roberts (the reporter) / Hilary Paterson as Lily James

 

BLACKMAIL

A-R / x60m-e / 1965-66

Producer: Stella Richman

An anthology series of dramas on the theme of blackmail.

 

THE BLACK TULIP

BBC1 / 6x30m-e / 1970

Writer: Alexander Baron / Novel:Alexandre Dumas / Producer: John McRae / Director: Derek Martinus

Period drama serial. In 19th century France a pair of crossed lovers come together with the help of a special flower.

Cornelius Van Bearle……………………….. SIMON WARD

Rosa……………………………………………. TESSA WYATT

 

BLACK VELVET BAND

Yorkshire TV / 1x120m-e / 1997

Writer: Johnathon Critchley / Music: Hughes and Murphy / Costume: Darian Hing / Producer: Peter Walker / Director: Robert Knights

Period drama. In Victorian times a gang of petty crooks find themselves sentenced to transportation to Australia, their ship, however, docks in South Africa and the gang manage to make their escape.

Martin Tusco…………………………….. NICK BERRY

Pentecost………………………………… TODD CARTY

Shut-Eye…………………………………. CHRIS McHALLEM

Nudge…………………………………….. STEPHEN MARCUS

Half Pint………………………………….. AMY MARSTON

Dwyer……………………………………… IAN ROBERTS

Leach……………………………………… FRANTZ DUBROWSKY

 

THE BLACK VELVET GOWN

Tyne Tees / 2x120m-e / 1991

Writer: Gordon Hann / Novel:Catherine Cookson / Producer: Ray Marshall / Director: Norman Stone

Period drama serial. Rural Northumberland 1830:Penniless widow Riah Millican allows her new employer to educate her children but this leads to tragedy.

Percival Miller…………………………….. BOB PECK

Riah Millican……………………………… JANET McTEER

Bridget Millican………………………….. GERALDINE SOMERVILLE

Madame Gullmington…………………… JEAN ANDERSON

Lucy Gullmington……………………….. LOUISE LOMBARD

Paul Gullmington……………………….. JOHNATHON FIRTH

Dr Pritchard……………………………… JAMES GARBUTT

 

BLADE ON THE FEATHER

LWT / 1x90m-e / 1980 19 October

Writer: Dennis Potter / Executive Producer: Tony Wharmby / Producer: Kenith Trodd / Director: Richard Loncraine

Period drama. A retired spy is disturbed when a mysterious visitor pays him and his family a visit.

Hill…………………………………………. DENHOLM ELLIOTT

Linda Cavendish………………………… KIKA MARKHAM

Daniel Young……………………………. TOM CONTI

Jason Cavendish……………………….. DONALD PLEASANCE

Christabel Cavendish………………….. PHOEBE NICHOLLS

 

BLANDINGS CASTLE

BBC1 / 6x30m-e / 1967 24 February – 31 March black and white

Writer: John Chapman / Stories: P.G. Wodehouse / Producer: Michael Mills

Comedy series. Misadventures of the titled Lord Emsworth.

Lord Emsworth………………………….. RALPH RICHARDSON

Beach…………………………………….. STANLEY HOLLOWAY

Lady Constance………………………… MERIEL FORBES

McAllister………………………………… JACK RADCLIFFE

 

BLEAK HOUSE

BBC / 8x50m-e / 1985 10 April – 29 May

Writer: Arthur Hopcraft / Novel:Charles Dickens / Director: Ross Devenish

Period drama serial. A young orphan girl, Esther Summerson, becomes inextricably tied up with a chancery case brought about by Richard Carstone.

With:- DIANA RIGG as Lady Deadlock / SUZANNE BURDEN as Esther Summerson / CHARLIE DRAKE as Grandfather Smallwood / ROBIN BAILEY as Sir Leicester Dedlock / LUCY HORNAK as Ada Clare / PHILIP FRANKS as Richard Carstone / DENHOLM ELLIOTT as John Jardyce / PETER VAUGHAN as Tulkinghorn / T P McKENNA as Harold Skimpole / IAN HOGG as Inspector Bucket

 

BLIND LOVE

Granada / 1x60m-e / 1977

Writer: V.S. Pritchett / Director: Waris Hussein

Romantic drama. The life of a blind lawyer undergoes change when he finds himself falling in love with his secretary.

With:- SAM WANAMAKER / MARY PEACH

 

BLISS

BBC2 / 1x105m-e / 1995

Writer/Director: Les Blair / Producer: Lyn Horsford

Comedy drama. Civil servant and extremely shy Leslie Bliss falls in love with Julia but is unsure how to get together with her.

With:- DOUGLAS HODGE as Leslie Bliss / JUDITH SCOTT as Julia / SAIRA TODD as Saffron / GARY McDONALD as Gee

 

BLITHE SPIRIT

Granada / 1x / 1964 black and white

Writer: Gerald Savoury / Play:Noel Coward

Comedy. The problems of a hen pecked husband.

With:- HELEN CHERRY / JOANNA DUNHAM / HATTIE JACQUES

 

THE BLONDE BOMBSHELL

LWT/English Channel / 2x120m-e / 1999 26 -27 April Mon/Tues 9.00pm ‘Digital-Widescreen

Writer: Ted Whitehead / Music: Colin Towns / Design: Roger Cann / Costume: Susannah Buxton / Executive Producers: Laurie Mackie, Jo Wright / Producer: Trevor Hopkins / Director: Robert Bierman

Period drama serial. The glamorous life and times of Diana Dors from her early days in the Rank Charm school to her death from cancer at the age of 52.

With:- KEELEY HAWES as Young Diana / AMANDA REDMAN as Older Diana / RUPERT GRAVES as Dennis Hamilton / SHEILA GISH as Mrs Fluck / BENJAMIN WHITROW as Mr Fluck / LARRY LAMB as Will Humphreys / JOSEPHINE BUTLER as Jill Hartland / GARY WBSTER as Dickie Dawson / BARNABY KAY as Alan Lake / JANE LOWE as Millicent Lake / EAMON BOLAND as Cyril Lake

 

BLOOD AND PEACHES

BBC2 / 2x75m-e / 1995

Writer: Martin Sadofski / Producer: Peter Waller / Director: Charles Beeson

Drama. Two Bradford teenagers fall in love amid a growing period of racial tension in their community.

With:- JAYNE ASHBOURNE as Sue / STUART LANG as Steve / ROSEMARY LEACH as Nan / JEFF RAWLE as Barry / ROGER LLOYD PACK as Tour Guide

 

BLOOD AND THUNDER

Granada / 2x80m-e / 1965 4 – 11 January black and white

Writers: Thomas Middleton, Philip Mackie / Producer: Philip Mackie

Period drama’s. Two adaptions of Jacobean murder mysteries based on the writings of Thomas Middleton.

1. THE CHANGELING, 2. WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, The Changeling featured Derek Godfrey & Kika Markham, Women Beware Women featured Diana Rigg and Clifford Evans.

 

BLOOD AND WATER

BBC1 ‘Ghosts’ / 1x50m-e / 1995

Writer/Director: Terry Johnson / Novel:Ronald Duncan

Spooky drama. 1942:A strange ‘menage a toi’ develops between a soldier, his sister and one of his fellow officers.

Capt Peter Buckle…………………….. PAUL RHYS

Angela McClean……………………….. MOIRA BROOKER

Capt Alex McClean……………………. IAN SHAW

Dr Johnathon Fox………………………. NICHOLAS FARRELL

Barbara Pritchard……………………… WENDY MORGAN

 

BLOOD HUNT

BBC / 1x90m-e / 1985

Writer: Neil Gunn, Stewart Conn / Director: Peter Barber-Fleming

Drama. A wanted criminal seeks refuge in the lodge of an elderly Scottish Highlands ex-seaman.

With:- ANDREW KEIR / IAIN GLEN / MICHAEL CARTER / NIGEL STOCK / ARABELLA WEIR

 

BLOOD LINES

ITV1 / 2x90m / 31 Jan, 1 Feb 2005

Writer: Mike Cullen / Director: Philip Martin / Producer: Shefali Malhoutra

Thriller. Policewoman Justine Hopkin’s father was convicted 14 years ago for a murder he says he didn’t do. Shortly after his release another similar murder takes place and suspicion again falls on him so Justine must try and discover the identity of the real murderer before her father is apprehended.

With:- EMMA PIERSON as Justine Hopkin / KEVIN R McNALLY as James Hopkin / MAX BEASLEY as DC Bannerman / ROBERT PUGH as DCI Jordan / KIERAN O’BRIEN as Mark Hopkin / JAN FRANCIS as Elaine Hopkin

 

BLOOD MONEY

BBC / 6x25m-e / 1981

Writer: Arden Winch / Director: Michael E. Briant

Thriller serial. A young boy is kidnapped.

With:- BERNARD HEPTON / MICHAEL DENISON

 

BLOOD ON THE DOLE

C4/Diplomat ‘Alan Bleasdale Presents’ / 1x120m-e / 1994

Writer: Jim Morris / Producer: Alan Bleasdale / Director: Pip Broughton

Drama. Four Merseyside school leavers realise its time to face up to what the big bad world has in store for them.

Joey…………………………………………… STEPHEN WALTERS

Cathy…………………………………………. SUZANNE MADDOCK

Jean…………………………………………… RACHEL CALDWELL

Laura………………………………………….. AMANDA MEALING

Paul Price……………………………………. JAKE ABRAHAM

Post Office Man……………………………. ANDREW SCHOFIELD

 

BLOOD RIGHTS

BBC / 3x55m-e / 1990

Director: Lesley Manning

Thriller serial. A journalist investigates the disappearance of the drug addict daughter of a prominent Tory MP.

With:- BRIAN BOVELL / MAGGIE STEED / STRUAN RODGER / HERMOINE NORRIS as Virginia / SAM KELLY / ROBERT GLENISTER

 

BLOOD STRANGERS

ITV1 / 2x90m-e / 3&4 February 2002
Writer: Gwyneth Hughes; Director: Jon Jones; Producer: Saurabh Kakkar

Drama. Lin is devastated at the death of her young teenage daughter and then shocked to discover about the girl’s secret life of prostitution. Lin befriends and tries to help Jas, another vulnerable girl in a similar position to her daughter.

With:- CAROLINE QUENTIN as Lin Beresford / PAUL McGANN as DC David Ingram / SHERIDAN SMITH as Jas Dyson / DAVID CRELIN as Nick Beresford

 

BLOODY KIDS

ATV/Black-Lion / 1x90m-e / 1980 23 March

Writer: Stephen Poliakoff / Music: George Fenton / Director: Stephen Frears

Drama. Study of a group of bored teenagers who begin to turn to violence to get their kicks.

With:- GARY HOLTON as Ken / RICHARD THOMAS as Leo / PETER CLARK as Mike / GWYNETH STRONG / NULA CONWELL

 

BLOODY SUNDAY

ITV1 / 1x120m-e / 20 January 2002 10:00pm

Writer/Director: Paul Greengrass / Producer: Mark Redhead

A drama-documentary account of the events of 30 January 1972 in Northern Ireland when 13 civilians demonstrating against interment in a civil rights march were shot dead by British soldiers. The story is told from the point-of-view of both the marchers and the soldiers. A cinema version was released following this TV premiere.

JAMES NESBITT as Ivan Cooper / ALLAN GILDEA as Kevin McCrory / GERARD CROSSAN as Eamonn McCann / MARY MOULDS as Bernadette Devlin / CARMEL McCALLION as Bridget Bond / TIM PIGGOT-SMITH as Major General Ford / NICHOLAS FARRELL as Brigadier MacLellan / CHRIS VILLIERS as Major Steele / JAMES HEWITT as Colonel Tugwell / DECLAN DUDDY as Gerry Donaghy / JOANNE LINDSAY as Mary Donaghy

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