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The UK TV Drama Guide

All dramas starting with the letter A. This is part two and takes you from The Affair to All Creatures Great and Small.

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THE CASES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

BBC1 / 15x50m-e / 1968

Producer: William Sterling

Period crime drama series. Cases of the great Victorian Detective.

With:- PETER CUSHING as Sherlock Holmes / NIGEL STOCK as Dr Watson / WILLIAM LUCAS as Mrs Hudson / GRACE ARNOLD as Inspector Lestrade / RONALD ADAM as Mycroft Holmes

 

CASTLES

BBC1 / 24x30m-e / 1995 31 May – 20 August

Producers: David Hanson, Alison Gee

Drama series. (shown twice weekly). Life for the middle class Castle family.

With:- LESLEY DUFF as Linda Castle / MICHAEL SIMKINS as Philip Castle / HARRIET OWEN as Clare Castle / TONY DOYLE as James Castle / ANNA CROPPER as Margaret Castle / JOHN BOWLER as Tony Castle / LESLEY NICOL as Gillian / LYNN FARLIEGH as Christine Henshaw

 

CASTLE HAVEN

Yorkshire Television / 104×30 minutes / 1969-70 (Episode One Broadcast: Wednesday 2 April 1969

Creator: Kevin B Laffan / Producer: Peter Mortimer

Drama series. On the Yorkshire coast Castle Haven is a pair of large Victorian houses that have been converted into 8 flats, middle aged Tom and Sarah Meek are the caretakers whilst other residents included newly married Phil and Jo Mercer, shift worker Ivor Davies and his wife Alice and the Czechoslavakian Josip Pospichal. Put together by Emmerdale Farm creator Kevin Laffan, Castle Haven is a classic soapy style drama, never fully networked by ITV (74 episodes were shown by Thames between 27 June and 13 October 1972 when ITV started their afternoon broadcasts). Apparently the series is one the few Yorkshire shows to have been completely wiped (apart from that is, the second half of one episode)

With:- GRETCHEN FRANKLIN as Sarah Meek / GEORGE WARING as Tom Meek / KATHY STAFF as Lorna Everitt / JACK CARR as Philip Mercer / SALLY JAMES as Jo Mercer / ROY BARRACLOUGH as Harry Everitt / RAY GATENBY as Mr Pack / ERNST WALDER as Josip Pospichal / COLIN RIX as Ivor Davies / ANN KING as Alice Davies

 

CASUALTY

BBC1 / 250+x50m-e / 1986-continuing

Creators: Jeremy Unwin, Paul Brock / Music: Ken Freeman

Medical drama series. Stories of the patients and the hard working stressed out staff of Holby General’s hectic casualty unit. See also spin off Holby City. Casualty has now notched up almost 20 seasons. Derek Thompson is pretty much the only original cast member left. On 21 June 2003, the 400th episode was broadcast (which also ended the current season).

Important cast members include:-
DEREK THOMPSON as Charlie Fairhead / CATHY SHIPTON as Lisa ‘Duffy’ Duffin (- 12/04/2003) / BRENDA FRICKER as Megan Roach / JULIA WATSON as ‘Baz’ / ROBSON GREEN as Jimmy Powell / CLIVE MANTLE as Dr Mike Barratt / NIGEL LE VAILLANT as Dr Julian Chapman / SORCHA CUSACK as Kate Wilson / SIMON MacCORKINDALE as Harry Harper (from season 17)

 

CASUALTY @ HOLBY CITY

BBC1 / 2x55m / 26,28 December 2004

Director: Michael Offer / Producer: Belinda Campbell

The cast of Holby City and Casualty come together in a calamitous 2-part crossover when a petrol tanker crashes into the hospital. Featuring the current casts of both series fitting into both their current continuities and ending with the death of a regular Casualty character. Although both series are supposedly set in the same hospital there is normally no crossover of cast between them because the series’ are actually filmed in different cities.

 

CASUALTY 1906

BBC1 / 1x60m / 3 December 2006

Writers: Colin Heber-Percy, Lyall B Watson / Director/Producer: Bryn Higgins

Drama showing what life would have been like for the staff and patients of a busy London hospital in the year 1906.

With:- SARAH SMART as Ada Russell / CHERIE LUNGHI as Eva Luckes / TOM RILEY Dr James Walton / JASON WATKINS as Enest Wilson / NICHOLAS FARRELL as Sydney Holland / DAVID TROUGHTON as Hurry Fenwick

 

CATCH HAND

BBC / 6x50m-e / 1964 black and white

Producer: Terence Williams

Drama series. Drifter Johnny Rich keeps one eye open for the main chance.

With:- MARK EDEN as Johnny Rich / ANTHONY BOOTH as Finn Brodie

 

CATHOLICS:A FABLE FOR THE FUTURE

HTV / 1x75m-e / 1974 14 April

Writer: Brian Moore / Music: Carl Davis / Director: Jack Gold

Drama. A young priest, sometime in the near future, is sent to a remote abbey to deal with a group of set in their ways monks.

With:- TREVOR HOWARD / MARTIN SHEEN / CYRIL CUSACK / ANDREW KEIR / MICHAEL GAMBON

 

CATHY COME HOME

BBC / 1x95m-e / 1966 black and white

Writer: Jeremy Sandford / Producer: Tony Garnett

Drama. When Cathy and Reg Ward are made homeless it tears apart their family. One of the all time great productions of the sixties, helped to bring a new social realism into TV, brought to public notice the problems of homelessness and also helped to bring about the organisation for homelessness Shelter.

With:- CAROL WHITE as Cathy Ward / RAY BROOKS as Reg Ward / WINIFRED DENNIS as Mrs Ward

 

C.A.T.S EYES

TVS / 30x60m-e / 1985-87

Creator: Terence Feely / Executive Producer: Rex Firkin

Crime drama series. The cases of a trio of deadly female secret service agents. Lead character Maggie Forbes had previously appeared in The Gentle Touch.

Maggie Forbes………………………….. JILL GASCOINE

Pru Standfast……………………………. ROSALYN LANDOR

Fred Smith………………………………. LESLIE ASH

Nigel Beaumont………………………… DON WARRINGTON

Tessa Robinson………………………… TRACEY LOUISE-WARD

 

THE CATER STREET HANGMAN:The Inspector Pitt Mysteries

ITV/Ardent / 1x120m-e / 1998 23 September

Writer: T.R. Bowen / Story: Anne Perry / Producer: June Wyndham / Director: Sarah Hellings

Period mystery. In Victorian London, Inspector Pitt searches for the brutal killer who is preying on well to do young women.

Inspector Pitt……………………………… EOIN McCARTHY

Charlotte Ellison…………………………. KEELEY HAWES

Edward Ellison…………………………… PETER EGAN

Reverand Prebble……………………….. JOHN CASTLE

Dominic Corde…………………………… RICHARD LINTERN

Maddock………………………………….. DAVID ROPER

Dr Hope…………………………………… ROBERT REYNOLDS

Grandmamma…………………………… JUDY CAMPBELL

Emily Ellison…………………………….. KATIE RYDER RICHARDSON

Mrs Dunphy……………………………… PATSY ROWLANDS

Alice Barker…………………………….. JESSICA TURNER

Renshaw…………………………………. DAVID FLEESHMAN

 

CAUSE CELEBRE

Anglia / 1x120m-e / 1987

Writer: Ken Taylor / Play: Terence Rattigan / Producer: John Rosenberg / Director: John Gorrie

Period crime drama. In the 1930’s middle aged Alma Rattenbury begins a torrid affair with her young chauffeur George Bowman, an affair that leads to the murder of Alma’s elderly husband.

Alma Rattenbury……………………….. HELEN MIRREN

George Bowman………………………. DAVID MORRISSEY

Francis Rattenbury……………………. HARRY ANDREWS

Irene Riggs……………………………… NORMA WEST

Mr Justice Humphreys………………. GEOFFREY BAYLDON

Foreman of the Jury………………….. GORDON SALKILLD

T.J. O’Connor………………………….. DAVID SUCHET

 

CAUGHT IN A FREE STATE

C4/RTE / 4x60m-e / 1984

Writer: Bryan Lynch / Producer/Director: Peter Ormrod

Period drama serial. A group of German agents try to set up an cell in Ireland during World War II.

With:- BARRY McGOVERN as Eamon de Velera / PETER JANKOWSKY / JOAN O’HARA

 

CAUGHT ON A TRAIN

BBC / 1x80m / 1980

By: Stephen Poliakoff

An elderly Austrian lady has a nightmarish journey while travelling across Europe on a train.

With:- PEGGY ASHCROFT

 

THE CAVES OF STEEL

BBC2 / 1x75m-e / 1964 5 June black and white

Writer: Terry Nation / Story: Isaac Asimov / Script Editor: Irene Shubik / Producer: Eric Taylor / Director: Peter Sasdy

Scifi drama. In a New York 200 years in the future, a cop teams up with a robot detective from Spacetown to solve a murder.

With:- PETER CUSHING as Elijah Bailey / JOHN CARSON as R. Daniel / STANLEY WALSH as Simpson / IAN TRIGGER as R. Sammy / RICHARD BEALE as Controller

 

THE CEDAR TREE

ATV / 107×30 minute -episodes 13×60 minute episodes / 20 September 1976 – 24 September 1978

Creator: Alfred Shaughnessy / Producer: Ian Fordyce

Period afternoon drama series. The convoluted lives of uppercrust family The Bournes during the 1930’s and 40’s. Mostly shown twice weekly at lunchtimes (1.30pm) on various week days. From episode 108 (broadcast 2 July 1978) the episodes switched to 60 minutes and were shown only once a week.

Arthur Bourne…………………………….. PHILIP LATHAM

Lady Bourne……………………………… JOYCE CAREY

Charles Ashley………………………….. CYRIL LUCKHAM

Elizabeth………………………………….. SALLY OSBORN

Victoria……………………………………. SUSAN SKIPPER

Phyllis Bourne…………………………… KATE COLERIDGE

Nanny ……………………………………. JEAN TAYLOR SMITH

 

CELEBRATION

BBC (Thursday Theatre) / 1x / Thursday 4th March 1965

Writers: Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall / Director: Mary Ridge / Producer: Bernard Hepton

Comedy drama. The stories of two family get togethers, one for a wedding then again six months later for a funeral. Tapes of the broadcast no longer in existence.

With:- Leonard Rossiter as Frank Broadbent.

 

CELEBRITY PLAYHOUSE

Yorkshire / 2x50m-e 1x78m-e / 1981

Producer: David Cunliffe

Three classic plays given a prestigious treatment.

1.THE POTTING SHED / Writer: Graham Greene / Director: David Cunliffe / with Celia Johnson, Paul Scofield

2.EDEN END / Writer: J.B. Priestley / Director: Donald MacWhinnie / with Eileen Atkins, Georgina Hale, Frank Middlemass, Robert Stephens

3.PYGMALION / Writer: George Bernard Shaw / Director: John Glenister / with Twiggy, Robert Powell,

 

THE CENSORED VIDEO SHOW

Sky One (Pay TV) /1×60 minute episode / Sunday 30 April 2000 @ 11.00pm

Entertainment. Paula Yates introduces dodgy or overly sex filled videos that couldn’t be seen before the 9.00pm watershed (the self imposed time that the TV stations mostly adhere too in regard to content suitable only for the adult audience). Clips included Justify My Love by Madonna; Tourniquet by Marilyn Manson; Outside by George Michael; Karmacoma by Massive Attack plus insight from Marc Almond and rapper Mr C.

 

CENTURY

BBC2 / 1x90m-e / 1993

Writer: Stephen Poliakoff

Period drama. At the end of the 19th century, idealistic doctor Paul Reisner tries to make a mark on his profession.

Paul Reisner……………………………… CLIVE OWEN

Professor Maudry……………………….. CHARLES DANCE

Clara……………………………………….. MIRANDA RICHARDSON

Mr Reisner………………………………… ROBERT STEPHENS

Mrs Whiteweather………………………. JOAN HICKSON

Katie……………………………………….. LIZA WALKER

Miriam……………………………………… LENA HEADEY

Felix……………………………………….. NEIL STUKE

 

CHAIN

BBC / 4x50m-e / 1990

Writer: Desmond Lowden / Director: Don Leaver

Thriller. A crown prosecutor finds himself investigating a trio of horrific murders.

With:- PETER CAPALDI / JULIA HILLS / MICHAEL TROUGHTON / HOLLY AIRD

 

CHALKFACE

BBC / 10×50 minute episodes / 1991 (6 May – 25 June)

Music: David Ferguson / Creator: John Godber

Drama series. Life inside a secondary modern school.

With:- TONY ARMATRADING / ROSEMARY MARTIN / NIAMH CUSACK as Melanie / Russell Richardson / TERRY MALLOY / JOHN ROWE

 

THE CHALLENGERS

Yorkshire / 6x60m-e / 1972

Writer: Edmund Ward / Producer: Peter Willes / Director: Marc Miller

Drama series. The problems faced by a pair of MP’s.

With:- COLIN BLAKELY / MICHAEL GAMBON

 

THE CHAMBER

BBC1 / 1x30m-e / 1995 11 September – Monday 8.30pm

Writer: John Bird / Producer/Director: Richard Boden

Comedy. A comedy of errors breaks out when the local councillors of Dunsall try to elect a new leader.

Percy Lygoe……………………………… JOHN BIRD

Graham Tombs…………………………. JOHN WELLS

Evelyn Tombs…………………………… DIANE FLETCHER

Beebie Singleton……………………….. LESLEY VICKERAGE

Neville Transom………………………… JOHN BARRON

Les Driffield……………………………… MILTON JOHNS

 

CHAMPION HOUSE

BBC / x50m-e / First Episode: 28 May 1967

Creators: HAZEL ADAIR and PETER LING

Drama series set in the textile industry and concerning a domineering mill owner and his family.

With:- EDWARD CHAPMAN as Joe Champion / JAMES KERRY / NICOLE MAUREY / MAURIE KAUFMANN / VIRGINIA STRIDE

 

THE CHAMPIONS

ITC/ATV / 30x60m-e / 1969

Creators: Monty Berman, Dennis Spooner / Music: Edwin Astley / Script Editor: Dennis Spooner / Producer: Monty Berman

Scifi Drama series. Three people find themselves with special powers after their plane crashes in the Andes and they are treated by Tibetans. They use their powers working for a government agency fighting evil.

With:- STUART DAMON as Craig Stirling / ALEXANDRA BASTEDO as Sharon McCready / WILLIAM GAUNT as Richard Barrett / ANTHONY NICHOLLS as Cmdr Tremayne

 

A CHANCE IN LIFE

ATV ‘Drama 62’ / 1x60m-e / 1962 black and white

Writer: Bill Naughton / Design: Anthony Waller / Producer: Cliff Owen

Drama. A family wins the pools and finds it changes his life.

With:- MAURICE DENHAM / HILDA FENEMORE / DUDLEY FOSTER / ARTHUR MULLARD / ANDREW RAY

 

CHANCE OF A LIFETIME

BBC / 1x50m-e / 1980

Writer: Robert Holman / Director: Giles Foster

Drama. A school leaver makes up his mind to join the army.

With:- DAVID DAKER

 

A CHANCE OF THUNDER

BBC / 6x50m-e / 1961 black and white

Writer: John Hopkins

Thriller serial.

With:- PETER VAUGHAN

 

CHANCER

Central / 20x60m-e / 1990-91

Producer: Sarah D. Wilson / Music: Jan Hammer / Executive Producer: Ted Childs

Drama series. Charismatic Stephen Crane will nothing or no one stand in his way as he tries to reach the top.

Stephen Crane…………………………… CLIVE OWEN

Victoria Douglas…………………………. LYNSEY BAXTER

Marcus Worton………………………….. STEPHEN TOMPKINSON

James Blake…………………………….. LESLIE PHILLIPS

Piers Garfield-Ward……………………. SIMON SHEPHERD

Penny Nichols………………………….. CAROLINE LANGRISHE

Jo Franklyn……………………………… SUSANNAH HARKER

 

CHANDLER AND CO.

BBC1/Skreba / 12x50m-e / 1994-95 / Season One: 12 July – 16 August 1994 Season Two: 28 July – 1 September 1995

Creator: Paula Milne / Producer: Ann Skinner

Crime drama series. Two women set up their own private detective agency specialising in infidelity cases.

Dee(94)……………………………………….. BARBARA FLYNN

Elly……………………………………………. CATHERINE RUSSELL

Kate Phillips(95)……………………………. SUSAN FLEETWOOD

Larry………………………………………….. PETER CAPALDI

David(94)…………………………………….. STRUAN RODGER

 

THE CHANGELING

BBC2 ‘Performance’ / 1x90m-e / 1994

Writer: Thomas Middleton / Producer: Simon Curtis / Camera: Richard K. Butland / Music: Stephen Warbeck

Period drama. A group of people get involved in skullduggery, adultery and even murder during the 16th Century.

De Flores…………………………………… BOB HOSKINS

Beatrice Joanna………………………….. ELIZABETH McGOVERN

Alsemero…………………………………… HUGH GRANT

Vermandero……………………………….. LESLIE PHILLIPS

Tomazo…………………………………….. SEAN PERTWEE

Diaphanta………………………………….. ADIE ALLEN

There were also versions in 1965 with Derek Godfrey and Kika Markham and 1974 with Helen Mirren

 

CHANGING ROOMS

BBC-Basal-Endemol / 100+x30m-e / Ocotber 1996-2004

Popular house makeover show hosted by Carol Smillie in which two couples swap houses for two days to make over a room in each others house with the help of “top” interior designers, amongst them the likes of Laurence Llewellyn-Bowen, Anna Ryder-Richardson and Graham Wynn. The couples (who had a five hundred pound budget to work with) generally liked their new rooms although sometimes there were tears when the room was not how they thought it would be. The show has spawned versions in Australia, New Zealand, Holland and other countries besides. In 2000 a fifty minute documentary about the show was broadcast. The 2002 season commenced on 25 February (6x30m-e). For season 9 it was announced that key designer Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen had replaced Carol Smillie as host. Smillie had decided it was time to step down. The tenth and FINAL series of Changing Rooms began on 20 September 2004

 

CHANGING STEP

BBC Scotland / 1x90m-e / 1990

Writer: Antony Sher / Director: Richard Wilson

Period drama. During World War One an amputee convalescing at a British home falls in love with a nurse.

With:- JAMES CONVEY / SUSAN WOOLDRIDGE / ANTONY SHER

 

THE CHANNEL SWIMMER

BBC ‘Comedy Playhouse’ / 1x30m-e / 1962 16 Feb – Fri 8.45pm

Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson / Producer: Barry Lupino

Comedy. A man determines to swim the channel.

Lionel…………………………………………… SYDNEY TAFLER

Austin………………………………………….. WARREN MITCHELL

Clive……………………………………………. MICHAEL BRENNAN

Official…………………………………………. FRANK THORNTON

Boat Pilot…………………………………….. BOB TODD

 

CHARLES ENDELL ESQUIRE

Scottish TV / 6x60m-e / 1979

Creator: Robert Banks Stewart / Producer: Rex Firkin / Executive Producer: Bryan Izzard

Comedy crime drama series. A sequel to Budgie. After seven years in jail Charlie Endell heads home to Scotland but finds things have changed.

Charlie Endell…………………………… IAIN CUTHBERTSON

Dixie……………………………………… ANNIE ROSS

Alastair Vint……………………………. RIKKI FULTON

Hamish MacIntyre Jr…………………. TONY OSOBA

D.S. Dixon……………………………… PHIL McCAUL

Janet……………………………………. ANN FULLARTON

 

CHARLES II – THE POWER AND THE PASSION

BBC1 / 4x60m / started 16 November 2003

Writer: Adrian Hodges / Director: Joe Wright / Producer: Kate Harwood

Period drama telling the story of Charles II after he returned to England to re-claim his crown following the death of Oliver Cromwell.

With:- RUFUS SEWELL as Charles II / RUPERT GRAVES as Lord Buckingham / HELEN MCCRORY as Barbara Palmer / DIANA RIGG as Henrietta Maria / SHIRLEY HENDERSON as Catherine / MARTIN FREEMAN as Shaftesbury /Alice Patten as Lady Francis / EMMA PIERSON as Nell Gwynne / MELANIE THIERRY as Louise / ANNE-MARIE DUFF as Minette

 

CHARLEY’S AUNT

BBC ‘Play of the Month’ / 1x90m-e / 1969 20 November

Director: John Gorrie

Comedy. A student wreaks havoc when he poses as his own rich aunt from Brazil.

With:- DANNY LA RUE / DINSDALE LANDEN / CORAL BROWNE / JOHN STANDING

 

CHARLEY’S AUNT

ITV (Yorkshire) / 1x75m-e / 1977 29 December

Writer: Eric Sykes / Play: Brandon Thomas / Producer/Director: Graeme Muir

Comedy. A student wreaks havoc when he poses as his own rich aunt from Brazil in order to escort two girls to lunch.

With:- ERIC SYKES as Brassett / JIMMY EDWARDS as Mr Spettigue / BARBARA MURRAY as Donna Lucia D’Alvadorez / GERALD FLOOD as Sir Francis Chesney / OSMUND BULLOCK as Jack Chesney / ALUN LEWIS as Charley Wykeham / GRAHAM FAULKNER as Lord Fancourt Babberley / LOUISE HALL TAYLOR as Kitty Verdun / JUDI MAYNARD as Amy Spettigue / YVONNE NICHOLSON as Ela Delaha

 

CHARLIE

Central / 4x60m-e / 1984

Writer: Nigel Williams / Director: Martin Campbell

Thriller serial. A private detective gets caught up in sinister trade union machinations.

With:- DAVID WARNER / MICHAEL ALDRIDGE / MAGGIE STEED

 

CHARLIE AND JULIE

Yorkshire / 2x60m-e / 1978

Writer: Charles Humphrey / Producer: Marc Miller

Romantic drama serial. A young couple, Charlie and Julie, fall in love.

Charlie…………………………………………. NICHOLAS CLAY

Julie…………………………………………….. TINA MARIAN

 

CHARLIE MUFFIN

Thames/Euston / 1x120m-e / 1983 / 31 August

Writer: Keith Waterhouse / Director: Jack Gold

Thriller. A secret agent down on his luck is told to coax out information from a Soviet agent.

With:- DAVID HEMMINGS / SAM WANAMAKER / JENNIE LINDEN / IAN RICHARDSON / RALPH RICHARDSON

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