UK TV Drama Guide

Blooming Youth to Boy in Darkness – The UK TV Drama Guide

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The UK TV Drama Guide

All dramas starting with the letter B. This is part five and takes you from Blooming Youth to Boy in Darkness.

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BLOOMING YOUTH

BBC / 1x75m-e / 1973

Writer/Director: Les Blair

Semi improvised drama. The problems of four people sharing a flat.

With:- COLIN HIGGINS / PHILIP JACKSON / PETER KINLEY / LYDIA LISLE

 

BLOOMFIELD

ITV (Yorkshire) / 3×60 minute episodes / 4-18 January 1983 (shown Tuesdays @ 9:00pm)

Writer: Roy Clarke / Producer: Derek Bennett / Executive Producer: David Cunliffe / Designer: Peter Kindred / Music: Anthony Isaac

Comedy drama series. Stories of unsuccessful private eye Billy Gibbs and his ex-wrestler assistant Bloomfield. This short run series only ran 3 episodes and was from the pen of Roy Clarke more normally associated with straight out sitcom. The three episodes were titled Twilight for A Private Eye, Time Runs Out for Tony and The Art of Finding Edna.

With:- MICHAEL ELPHICK as Billy Gibbs / MARC ZUBER as Bloomfield / CAROL HAWKINS as Trish Gibbs / JOHN LEES as Winter / EDWARD PEEL as Gorman / JOANNA DUNHAM as Mrs Stovall / GARFIELD MORGAN as Stovall / CLAIRE TOEMAN as Cherry Gibbs / LUCINDA CURTIS as Sylvia / JONATHAN NEWTH as Tony / FRASER KERR as MacHugh

 

BLOOMSDAY

BBC ‘Festival’ / 1x / 1964

Writer: Allan McClelland / Novel:Ullysses by James Joyce / Producer: Peter Luke / Director: Henric Hirsch

Drama. 24 eccentric hours in the life of Leopold Bloom.

With:- MILO O’SHEA as Leopold Bloom

 

BLORE MP

BBC / 1x85m-e / 1989

Writer: Robin Chapman / Director: Robert Young

Comedy drama. After visiting a prostitute a prominent MP finds himself being blackmailed.

With:- TIMOTHY WEST / JILL BAKER / STEPHEN MOORE / MAGGIE O’NEILL

 

BLOTT ON THE LANDSCAPE

BBC2 / 6x50m-e / 1985 6 Feb – 13 Mar Wed 9.00pm

Writer: Malcolm Bradbury / Novel:Tom Sharpe / Producer: Evgeny Gridneff / Director: Roger Bamford

Comedy drama serial. Sir Giles Lynchwood MP plans to authourise a new bypass to be built right through the heart of his hated wife’s ancestral home. His gardener Blott launches a plan to stop him.

With:- GEORGE COLE as Sir Giles Lynchwood MP / GERALDINE JAMES as Lady Maud Lynchwood / DAVID SUCHET as Blott / JULIA McKENZIE as Mrs Forthby / SIMON CADELL as Dundridge / GEOFFREY BAYLDON as Ganglion / PAUL BROOKE as Hoskins / JEREMY CLYDE as Denster / JIMMY NAIL

 

BLUEBELL

BBC1 / 16x50m-e / 1986-87

Creator: Paul Wheeler / Choreography: Anthony Van Laast / Executive Producer: Richard Bates

Period drama series. The true story of Margaret Kelly who rose from a poor background to found her own Bluebell Dance Troupe in Paris.

With:- CAROLYN PICKLES as Margaret Kelly / PHILIP SAYER as Marcel Leibovici / ANNIE LAMBERT as Helen / MICHAEL N. HARBOUR as Paul / GERALDINE NEWMAN as Emily

 

THE BLUE BOY

BBC2 / 1x65m-e / 1995

Writer/Director: Paul Munton / Producer: Kate Swan

Spooky drama. A couple expecting their first child spend some time in the Scottish Highlands and find the past creeping up on them.

With:- EMMA THOMPSON as Marie Bonner / ADRIAN DUNBAR as Joe Bonner / ELEANOR BRON as Christine / DAVID HOROVITCH as Robert / JOANNA ROTH as Beth / PHYLLIDA LAW as Marie’s Mother

 

BLUE MONEY

LWT / 1x80m-e / 1982

Writer: Stewart Parker / Director: Colin Bucksey

Comedy drama. When a taxi driver finds a suitcase full of money left in his cab he uses it try and finance his dreams of becoming a rock star.

With:- TIM CURRY / DEBBY BISHOP / BILLY CONNELLY

 

BLUE MURDER

Carlton / 1x120m-e / 2000 (23 February – Wednesday 9.00pm)

Writer: Nick Collins / Music: Colin Towns / Design: Frank Conway / Costume Design: James Keast / Camera: Daf Hobson / Producer: Christopher Hall / Director: Paul Unwin

Thriller. Detective Sergeant Adam Ross begins an affair with the married Gale Francombe, the pair begin a plot to murder Gale’s husband.

With:- Gary Mavers as Adam Ross / Jemma Redgrave as Gale Francombe / Emma Cuniffe as Ness / Tom Woodward as Ben Francombe / Kevin McMonagle as Pascoe / Flaminia Cinque as Carla / Claire Cox as Jenny / Ken Bones as Henstock / Philip Joseph as Adam’s Father / Sean McGinley as Shelley / Julie Bramall as Abbey

 

BLUE MURDER

ITV1 / 2x90m (pilot), 4x90m / 18-19 May 2003 (pilot), started 6 Sept 2004 (series)

Writer: Cath Staincliffe / Director: Paul Wrolewski (pilot), Pip Broughton (series) / Executive Producer: Carolyn Reynolds / Producer: Hugh Warren

DCI Janine Lewis is in charge of a murder investigation team and has to juggle her busy career with the life of being a single mum after her amicable separation from her husband. There was a two-part pilot in 2003 in which Janine (then newly promoted) has to solve the high profile case of a murdered deputy headmaster.

CAROLINE QUENTIN as DCI Janine Lewis / IAN KELSEY as DI Richard Mayne / DAVID SCHOFIELD as DCS Hackett / PAUL LOUGHRAN as DS Butchers / NICHOLAS MURCHIE as DS Shap
Pilot only: GILIAN KEARNEY as Lesley Tulley / RACHEL GRANT as DS Chen

 

BLUE REMEMBERED HILLS

BBC / 1x70m-e / 1979

Writer: Dennis Potter / Producer: Kenith Trodd

Period drama. In the 1930’s a group of children spend a summer playing in woods near their homes until their lives are touched by tragedy. One of the key Dennis Potter utilising one of his favourite techniques of having the roles of the children all played by adult actors.

With:- HELEN MIRREN as Angela / ROBIN ELLIS as John / COLIN WELLAND as Willie / MICHAEL ELPHICK as Peter / COLIN JEAVONS as Donald Duck / JOHN BIRD as Raymond / JANINE DUVITSKI as Audrey

 

BLUNT

BBC / 1x85m-e / 1986

Writer: Robin Chapman / Director: John Glenister

Period drama. The true story surrounding the facts of the infamous Cambridge spy ring.

With:- IAN RICHARDSON / ANTHONY HOPKINS / MICHAEL WILLIAMS / ROSIE KERSLAKE

 

BOB AND MARGARET

C4/Nelvana/Global/ Comedy Central / 16x30m-e / 1998-99

Script Consultants: David Freedman, Alan Gilbey / Theme Music: Patrick Godfrey / Executive Producers: Michael Hirsh, Patrick Lombert, Clive Smith, Alison Snowden, David Fine.

Animated sitcom. Suburban tales of married couple Bob and Margaret.

Voices:- ANDY HAMILTON as Bob / ALISON SNOWDEN as Margaret / Plus Steve Coogan, Chris Emmett, Doon Mackichan, Trevor Cooper, Sarah Hedland, Steve Brady and Peter Baynham.

 

BOB HOPE’S ROYAL BIRTHDAY PARTY

ITV / 1985 6 June – Thursday 7.30pm

Light entertainment. Birthday celebrations (his 82nd) at the Lyric Theatre for Bob Hope in front of the Duke of Edinburgh. Guests were Rowan Atkinson, Ray Alan, Charlton Heston, Michael Caine, Chevy Chase, Duran Duran, Julio Iglesias, Ben Kingsley, The Muppets, Mike Yarwood, Debbie Reynolds, Spike Milligan, Phyllis Diller.

 

BOB MARTIN

Granada / 12x45m-e / 2000-2001

Writers/Producers: Bob Mills, Jeff Pope / Music: Graham Jarvis / Costume: Janet Benge / Executive Producer: Andy Harries / Director: Tony Dow

Comedy drama series. Top game show host Bob Martin is not so cocksure off screen (but is alos prepared to stop at nothing to get what he wants). Very Larry Sanders, and also heavily influenced by comedian Bob Mills’ previous attempt to do a real Larry Sanders, this was called The Show.

With:- MICHAEL BARRYMORE as Bob Martin / DENIS LAWSON as Greg / KEITH ALLEN as Vinnie / DEBORAH GRANT as Paula / VALERIE HOLLIMAN as Jean / MICHAEL LANCASTER as Timmy / TRACY-ANN OBERMAN as Beverly

 

BODIES

BBC / 16x60m / 2004-2005 (Series 1 BBC3: 23 June – 27 July / Series 2: BBC2 started 24 September 2005)

Writer/Producer: Jed Mercurio / Director: John Strickland

Medical drama series. Doctors and nurses in a maternity unit become increasingly concerned that their boss Roger Hurley is not as competent as he should be with difficult cases – but they find that reporting his failings to senior management is not as easy or as welcome as it should be. Initially shown on the BBC’s digital only channel BBC3 (you could only access the channel if you had a digital set top box or integrated TV) it later got a network repeat on BBC2 which could be seen by the whole country on 10 November 2004.

With:- MAX BEESLEY as Rob Lake / PATRICK BALADI as Roger Hurley / NEVE McINTOSH as Donna Rix / KEITH ALLEN as Tony Whitman / TAMZIN MALLESON as Polly Grey / SUSAN LYNCH as Maria Orton / PREEYA KALIDAS as Maya Dutta / INGEBORGA DAPKUNAITE as Katya Bredova / SIMON LOWE as Tim Sibley

 

BODILY HARM

C4 / 1×60, 1x105m / 14-15 October 2002

Writer: Tony Grounds / Director: Joe Wright / Producer: Catherine Wearing

Drama. Mitchel Greenfield is having a bad time – he loses his job, discovers his wife has been unfaithful, his elderly father is dying and his parents have decided to end their lives together in a suicide pact.

With:- TIMOTHY SPALL as Mitchel Greenfield / LESLEY MANVILLE as Mandy Greenfield / SADIE THOMPSON as Nic Greenfield / ANNETTE CROSBIE as Sheila Greenfield / GEORGE COLE as Sidney Greenfield

 

BODY AND SOUL

ITV / 4x60m-e / 1994

Executive Producer: Linda James, Jenny Reeks / Producer: Jacky Stoller / Director: Moira Armstrong

Drama serial. Anna Gibson has been shut away in a convent in the Welsh hills for 16 years. When her brother Simon dies tragically she is forced to leave the convent to assist her pregnant sister-in-law. Her biggest challenge is to prevent the family textile business from going bankrupt. When Anna returns to the convent – where she is known as Sister Gabriel – she receives a mixed reception from the other sisters.

With:- Kristin S Thomas as Sister Gabriel/Anna Gibson / Amanda Redman as Lynn Gibson / Anthony Valentine as Stan Beattie / John Bowe as Daniel Stern / Dorothy Tutin as Mother Emmnanuel / Sandra Voe as Peggy / Joshua Smith as Jamie Gibson / Ben Hinitt as Matt Gibson / Gareth Milne as Simon Gibson / Gary Mavers as Hal / Bobby Knutt as Charlie Faulkner / Patrick Allen as Walter Street / John Carlisle as Tyler / Kulvinder Ghir as Terry Singh / Caroline O’Neill as Leila

 

BODYGUARDS

ITV / 6x60m-e / 1997

Producer: Nigel Stafford-Clark

Crime drama series. A group of tough police bodyguards are assinged various high ranking officials and prominent people. There was a one hour pilot broadcast 1996.

With:- LOUISE LOMBARD as Liz Shaw / SEAN PERTWEE as Ian Worrell / JOHN SHRAPNEL as Alan MacIntyre

 

THE BOGIE MAN

BBC / 1x60m-e / 1992

Writer: Paul Pender / Director: Charles Gormley

Comedy. A mental patient who believes he is Humphrey Bogart escapes from his institution and sets up in business as a private eye.

With:- ROBBIE COLTRANE / FIONA FULLERTON / JEAN ANDERSON / CRAIG FERGUSON

 

BOGNOR

BOMBAY BLUE

C4 / 6x60m-e / 1997

Writer: Steve Trafford / Producer: Trevor Davies / Director: Roger Tucker

Crime drama series. A pair of Glasgow drug squad detectives travel to Bombay to track down the source of the heroin that is awash on their streets.

With:- SHAN KHAN as DC Turam Dev / DONALD SUMPTER as Supt John Maybury / MOHAN AGASHE as Commissioner Singh / SHEKAR SUMAN as Insp Marathe

 

BOMBER HARRIS

BBC / 1x85m-e / 1989

Writer: Don Shaw / Producer: Innes Lloyd / Director: Michael Darlow

Period drama. The controversial wartime career of Arthur ‘Bomber’ Harris leader of RAF Bomber Command 1942-45.

Sir Arthur Harris…………………………. JOHN THAW

Winston Churchill………………………. ROBERT HARDY

Sir Charles Portal………………………. FREDERICK TREVES

A.M. Sir Robert Saundby…………….. CHARLES KAY

Jillie Harris……………………………….. SOPHIE THOMPSON

Group Capt Davidson………………….. RICHARD HEFFER

 

THE BOMBMAKER

Sky One / 2x90m-e / 2001 (8-15 April Sundays 9.00pm)

Thriller. Former terrorist Andrea Hayes has to face upto her IRA past when her daughter is kidnapped by another terrorist group, her husband is also drawn into events (he knew nothing about her past).

With:- DERVLA KIRWAN as Andrea Hayes / MARK WOMACK as Martin Hayes / CIARA LYONS as Katie Hayes / ANGELINE BALL / SAMANTHA BOND / KEITH DUFFY

 

THE BONEGRINDER

Rediffusion / 1x90m-e / 1968 13 May – Monday 8.30pm

Writer: Dennis Potter / Design: Fred Pusey / Director: Joan Kemp-Welch

Drama. Overbearing American sailor Sam Adams, visiting England, has a strange meeting with Englishman George King and their relationship soon takes on a sinister edge.

With:- GEORGE BAKER as George King / WESTON GAVIN as Sam Adams / MARGARET TYZACK as Gladys King / ERIC DODSON as Englishman / JERMEMY CHILD as Neighbour / LINDA MARLOWE as Young Tart / GEORGE BETTON as Old Man / BRIAN OULTON as Mr Lapwell / MARTIN POTTER as Bank Clerk / LIZ GEBHARDT as Carole / CHARLES REA as Clive / WALTER HORSBRUGH as Commissionaire / TERRY DAY as Sally / ARTHUR COX as Mr Baker

 

BOOGIE OUTLAWS

BBC2 3x50m June/July 1987

Writer: Leslie Stewart; Producer: Carol Parks

Drama series about a music band. Synopsis of part 3 is as follows “The band don’t want to be heroes anymore. They don’t want the money, they’ll give the tapes back. But how, and where, and will anyone let them?”

With:- IAN HOGG as Manfred Holt / DAVID SCHOFIELD as Flash / ISLA BLAIR as Inspector Leesley / JAMES COYLE as J J Ohm / JOHN JUDD as Sergeant Cross / FRANCESCA BRILL as Emma Holt / SARA CROWE as Sally

 

THE BOOK GROUP

C4 / 12x30m / 2002-2003

Writer/Director: Annie Griffin / Producer: Anita Overland

Comedy drama series. American Claire has just moved to Glasgow and to meet people she starts a book reading group.

With:- ANNE DUDEK as Claire / RORY MCCANN as Kenny / MICHELLE GOMEZ as Janice / JAMES LANCE as Barney / BONNIE ENGSTROM as Dirka / DEREK RIDDELL as Rab / SASKIA MULDER as Fist

 

BOOKIE

Scottish / 4x60m-e / 1983

Writer: Alan Prior

Drama serial. The troubles of a Glasgow bookmaker.

With:- ROBERT URQUHART

 

BOOKSTAND

Early 1960’s BBC book review show presented by Dick Taverne, mainly notable for the fact that Dennis Potter was script associate on the show.

 

BOON

Central / 93x60m-e / 1986-92

Creators: Jim Hill, Bill Stair / Theme Music: Jim Diamond / Executive Producer: Ted Childs, Bill Smethurst

Drama series. An ex-fireman sets himself up as a Jack of all Trades, trouble shooter come private detective and at one stage motorcycle dispatch rider. One previously unbroadcast episode was transmitted in 1995.

With:- MICHAEL ELPHICK as Ken Boon / DAVID DAKER as Harry Crawford / NEIL MORRISSEY as Rocky Cassidy / LESLEY ANN SHARPE as Debbie Yates / ELIZABETH CARLING as Laura Marsh / SASKIA WICKHAM as Alex Wilton

 

BOOTLE SADDLES

BBC2 / 6x30m-e / 1984 10 Sep – 15 Oct Mondays 8.30pm

Writer: Ray Mansell, Paul Benn / Producer/Director: David Askey

Comedy drama series. The stories of a group of wild west fanatics.

With:- KENNETH COPE as Percy James / ANNE CARROLL as Isobel James / DEBBIE ARNOLD as Betty James / JOHN NORMINGTON as Tom Henderson / SHIRLEY STELFOX as Rita Henderson / GORDON ROLLINGS as The Kid / ROBERT OWEN as Cyril / MIKE WALLING as Bert

 

THE BOOZE CRUISE

ITV1 / 1x120m / 7 September 2003

Writer: Brian Leveseon, Paul Minett / Director: Paul Seed / Producer: Ray Gould

Comedy drama. A group of five male friends and neighbours go on a trip to France to buy cheap alcohol although it doesn’t go as straightforwardly as hoped.

With:- MARTIN CLUNES as Clive Rainer / NEIL PEARSON as Rob Sewell / BRIAN MURPHY as Maurice / MARK BENTON as Dave Bolton / ANNE REID as Grace / MARSHA FITZALAN as Ruth Rainer / KAREN HENTORN as Cath Bolton / LOUISE CALLAGHAN as Chloe Rainer / CLAIRE SKINNER as Leone Sewell

 

THE BOOZE CRUISE II

ITV1 / 1x110m / 25 December 2005

Writer: Paul Minett, Brian Leveson / Director: Paul Seed / Producer: Roy Gould

Sequel to 2003’s THE BOOZE CRUISE. In this story the same group of friends and neighbours go on a “treasure hunt” weekend. There was no actual cruising or boozing involved but the name of their team was called “The Booze Cruisers”. NOTE: Martin Clunes’ character from the first story did not re-appear – instead a new character of Marcus was introduced.

With:- NEIL PEARSON as Rob Sewell / BRIAN MURPHY as Maurice / MARK BENTON as Dave Bolton / ANNE REID as Grace / TOM BENNETT as Daniel / LOUISE CALLAGHAN as Chloe Rainer / IAN RICHARDSON as Marcus / AMANDA ABBINGTON as Leone Sewell / KAREN HENTHORN as Cath Bolton

 

THE BOOZE CRUISE III

ITV1 / 1x120m / 21 May 2006

Writer: Paul Minett, Brian Leveson / Director: Paul Seed / Producer: Roy Gould

A third outing for the BOOZE CRUISE characters. In this story the group embark on a trip to scatter the ashes of an elderly relative.

cast
NEIL PEARSON as Rob Sewell / BRIAN MURPHY as Maurice / MARK BENTON as Dave Bolton / ANNE REID as Grace / IAN RICHARDSON as Marcus / AMANDA ABBINGTON as Leone Sewell / KAREN HENTHORN as Cath Bolton

BORDER CAFE

 

THE BORDERERS

BBC / 26x50m-e / 1968-70 (Season 1: 21 December 68 – 25 March 69 / Season 2: 6 January 70 – 31 March 70)

Creator: Bill Craig / Producer: Peter Graham-Scott, Anthony Coburn / Script Editor: Martin Worth

Period action adventure drama series set on the Anglo-Scottish border in the 16th Century. Sir Walter Ker of Cessford did his best to maintain law and order. 8 Episodes from season one still exist but none from season two are still around.

With:- IAIN CUTHBERTSON as Sir Walter Ker of Cessford / JOSEPH BRADY as Rab / MICHAEL GAMBON as Gavin Ker / EDITH MACARTHUR as Margaret / IAN McCULLOCH as Robin Graham (Season One) / ROSS CAMPBELL as Jamie Ker / NELL BRENNAN as Agnes Ker

 

THE BORGIAS

BBC2 / 10x50m-e / 1981 14 Oct – 16 Dec

Creator/Producer: Mark Shivas / Writer: John Prebble, Ken Taylor / Music: Georges Delerue

Period drama serial. The life story of the infamous 15th Century Borgia dynasty in Renaissance Italy. The series was derided on its first airing because of the often impenetrable accents and hammish acting.

With:- ADOLFO CELI as Rodrigo Borgia / OLIVER COTTON as Cesare Borgia / ALFRED BURKE as Guilliano della Rovere / ANNE-LOUISE LAMBERT as Lucrezia Borgia / GEORGE CAMILLER as Juan Borgia

 

BORN AND BRED

Thames / 12x60m-e / 1978/1980 (Season One: 13 Sep – 18 Oct 78 / Season Two:2 Sep – 7 Oct 80)

Writer: Douglas Livingstone / Producer: Peter Duguid

Comedy drama series. The exploits of two South London families.

With:- JAMES GROUT as Frank Benge / ROSE HILL as Annie Benge / GORDEN KAYE as Ray Benge / TREVOR PEACOCK as Dennis Tonsley / JOAN SIMS as Molly Peglar / MAX WALL as Tommy Tonsley / KATE WILLIAMS as Marge Benge / RICHARD O’ CALLAGHAN as Stephen Benge / CONSTANCE CHAPMAN as Rose Tonsley / SUSIE BLAKE as Pam Redstone

 

BORN AND BRED

BBC1 / 35x60m / 2002-2005

Producer: Phil Collinson (season 1), Chris Clough (season 2) / Creators: Chris Chibnall and Nigel McCery / Executive Producers: Simon Lewis and Susan Hogg.

Period comedy drama series. Tom Gilder returns home to help his father run a small country hospital practice. Set in 1950’s rural Lancashire. Season Two: Arthur Gilder (James Bolam) is enjoying having his family around him, especially now that he has moved in with his son,Tom (Michael French),Tom’s wife, Deborah (Jenna Russell), and their four children. It’s all part of making Arthur feel like he is one of the family and needed but, of course, Arthur just can’t resist sticking his oar in from time to time! Chrstmas special broadcast(1x60m) 21 December 2003. During the 2004 series JAMES BOLAM left the series when his character took a job in New Zealand. Series 4 started 1 June 2005. You can find cast profiles and a detailed show overview in our On the Box section here.

With:- JAMES BOLAM as Arthur Gilder (-series 3) / MICHAEL FRENCH as Tom Gilder (to 2004 he suffered an off-screen death while away on holiday to explain his absence in the 2005 series) / JENNA RUSSELL as Deborah Gilder / MAGGIE STEED as Phyllis Woolfe / CLIVE SWIFT as Reverend Brewer / CHARLOTTE SALT as Helen Gilder (- series 3) / RICHARD WILSON as Dr Donald Newman (from series 3)

 

BORN EQUAL

BBC1 / 1x85m / 17 December 2006

Writer/Director: Dominic Savage / Producers: Ruth Caleb, Lucy Hillman

Drama about some unconnected characters in the same neighbourhood all with differing fortunes. A rich businessman decides to help the homeless; a couple meet at drop-in centre; and a poor Nigerian and his wife consider resorting to theft to pay for their sick father’s passage into the country.

cast
ROBERT CARLYLE / COLIN FIRTH / ANNE-MARIE DUFF / DAVID OYELOWO / NICHOLAS BURNS / EMILIA FOX / JULIA DAVIS

 

BORN EVERY MINUTE

BBC1 ‘Comedy Playhouse’ / 1x30m-e / 1972 28 January – Friday 7.30pm

Writer: Jack Popplewell / Producer: David Croft

Comedy. The shady exploits of a pair of con men.

Harry…………………………………………… RONALD FRASER

Johnny………………………………………… JAMES BECK

Girl…………………………………………….. JULIET HARMER

Sir Rufus…………………………………….. CAMPBELL SINGER

Lady Wright…………………………………. MOLLIE SUGDEN

 

BORN KICKING

BBC / 1x85m-e / 1991

Writer: Barry Hines / Producer: Tony Garnett / Director: Mandie Fletcher

Drama. Football mad Roxanne Reddy becomes a star 1st Division soccer player, but has trouble coping with her new found success.

With:- EVE BARKER as Roxanne Reddy / DENIS LAWSON as Victor Grace / SHEILA RUSKIN as Joanne Grace / JOHN BENFIELD as Mr Reddy / GARFIELD MORGAN as William Curtly / JOHN ABINERI as Archie / NORMAN BIRD as Radley / CAROLE HAYMAN / GEORGE IRVING / DAVID McALLISTER / PAUL DE BOIS / JAMES NOBLE / ROBERT PERKINS / ANTHONY WARREN

 

BORN TO RUN

BBC1 / 6x50m-e / 1997

Writer: Debbie Horsfield / Producer: Laura Mackie / Director: Jean Stewart

Drama serial. Car dealer Byron Flitch promises his demanding mistress Judith he will leave his wife if she can turn his elderly mother into a marathon runner.

Lili Flitch……………………………………… BILLIE WHITELAW

Byron Flitch…………………………………. KEITH ALLEN

Judith…………………………………………. LINDA HENRY

Burke Flitch………………………………… TERENCE RIGBY

Bron Flitch………………………………….. MARIAN McLOUGHLAN

Edna…………………………………………. CRISSY ROCK

Eddie Gallagher…………………………… JOHN McARDLE

 

BORN WITH TWO MOTHERS

C4 / 1x90m / 21 April 2005

Writer: Zinnie Harris / Director: Ian Duncan / Producer: Oliver Morse

Drama. Two couples, one black the other white are trying to conceive using IVF treatment. Laura, the white woman, falls pregnant – but then the clinic realise there may have been a mix-up with the embryos and when the baby is born it is black. There follows a custody battle for the child with both couples wanting the baby. The four main players were actors – all other parts, such as lawyers and clinical specialists were played by real professionals with improvised dialogue.

With:- SOPHIE OKENEDO as Lucretia Bridges / LENNIE JAMES as Errol Bridges / LESLEY SHARP as Laura Mayfield / ADAM KOTZ as James Mayfield

 

BOSTOCK’S CUP

LWT / 1x75m-e / 1999 25 May – Tuesday 9.00pm

Writer: Chris England / Music: Steve Baikie / Costume: Hazel Pethig / Design: Graeme Story / Executive Producer: Humphrey Barclay / Special Effects:Steve Webster / Producer: Mark Robson / Director: Marcus Mortimer

Comedy. Former players of third division football team Bostock Stanley gather for a reunion dinner 25 years after their famous FA Cup victory in 1974. The highlight of the dinner is to be a reshowing of the classic documentary made at the time of their triumph.

With:- NEIL PEARSON as Gerry Tudor / TIM HEALY as Bertie Masson / NICK HANCOCK as Mike Tonker / ROY BARRACLOUGH as Arthur Swarbrick / GLENN HUGILL as Alan Hardy / PHILIP MIDDLEMASS as Bob Phillips / MARIA McERLANE as Margaret Masson / PHILIP McGOUGH as Nick Barber / TERRY NEIL as Himself / GORDON KENNEDY as Edgar Pendulo / JEREMY SWIFT as Sam Tilton / DAVINA TAYLOR as Denise Bull / ROCKY MARSHALL as Mark Bull / CHRIS ENGLAND as George Best / CHRISTOPHER ROWE as Ian Wagg / RALPH INESON as Clive Kennard

 

BOSWELL AND JOHNSON’S TOUR OF THE WESTERN ISLANDS

TV / 1993

Drama.

With:- ROBBIE COLTRANE as Dr Samuel Johnson / JOHN SESSIONS as Boswell

 

BOUDICA

ITV1 / 1x120m / 28 September 2003

Writer: Andrew Davis / Director: Bill Anderson / Producer: Mattthew Bird

Period drama. In the first century warrior Queen Boudica becomes leader of the Celtic Iceni tribe upon the death of her husband, Prasutagus. While trying to strike a deal with the invading Roman army she is whipped and her daughters raped and she rows revenge organising the tribes of Britain into a massive army to try and wipe out the Romans. Note: The spelling of the title (pronounced Bo-di-car) is a modern re-assessment of the warrior queen previously referred to as “Boadicia”

With:- ALEX KINGSTON as Boudica / STEVEN WADDINGTON as Prasutagus / EMILY BLUNT as Isolda / LEANNE ROWE as Siora / BEN FAULKS as Connach / HUGO SPEER as Dervalloc / GARY LEWIS as Magior / ANGUS WRIGHT as Severus / STEVE JOHN SHEPHERD as Catus Decianus / JACK SHEPARD as Claudius / GIDEON TURNER as Didius / FRANCES BARBER as Agrippina / ANDREW LEE POTTS as Nero

 

BOUNCING BACK

Central / 1x60m-e / 1983

Writer: Howard Schuman / Director: Colin Bucksey

Drama. A therapist rehabilitates his patients through the use of closed circuit television.

With:- JOHN GORDON SINCLAIR / ELEANOR BRON / PHOEBE NICHOLLS / CHRISTOPHER GUARD

 

A BOUQUET OF BARBED WIRE

LWT / 7x50m-e / 1976 9 January – 20 February

Writer: Andrea Newman / Executive Producer: Rex Firkin / Producer/Director: Tony Wharmby

Drama. When Prue Manson marries, her fathers obsessive love for her begins to tear apart the family. See also Another Bouquet.

With:- SUSAN PENHALIGON asPrue Manson/Sorenson / FRANK FINLAY as Peter Manson / JAMES AUBREY as Gavin Sorenson / DEBORAH GRANT as Sarah Francis / SHEILA ALLEN as Cassie Masson

 

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BBC Choice / 1x30m-e / 2000 5 Feb – Sat 8.15pm

Story:Mervyn Peake

Fantasy drama. Young 16 year old Titus Groan attempts to break free of the confines of the Gormenghast castle that is his home. The drama, tying in with the Gormanghast serial on BBC2(see separate entry), was a mixture of live action and computer generated images and was based on one of Peakes later (and unpublished stories).

With:- JACK RYDER as Titus Groan / TERRY JONES as Storyteller

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