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Big Brother: The Eleventh Commandment (Series Premiere ITV Sat 29 Aug 1970, with Peter Vaughan)

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Big Brother ITV 1970

In The Eleventh Commandment, the opening production of this six part anthology series, the focus is on a Mary Whitehouse type character called Hazel Victoria Pride who is the leader of an organisation called “Keep the Great in Britain” – she is firmly of the opinion that something needs to be done with the growing sense of rebellion exhibited by the youth of the country. The youth of course have other ideas.

Some interesting faces popped up in the drama, most notably Peter Vaughan as well as a young Leigh Lawson and Lynn Dalby who, the following year, would go on to appear in Budgie as his long suffering girlfriend Hazel. Valerie White, who had the lead role of Mrs Pride, had a whole raft of character parts in movies and tv from the 1940’s onwards and was the third wife of actor Albert Lieven.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 29 August 1970

Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: Robert Tronson

Series: Big Brother Episode 1 (of 6)

cast
Valerie White as Hazel Victoria Pride
Peter Vaughan as John Cliveden
Robert James as Beverley Payne
Neville Marten as Gamble
Clifford Parrish as Canon Pitch
Leigh Lawson as Aneurin Smith
Stephen Sheppard as Albie Cooper
Colin Rix as Police Sergeant
Lynn Dalby as Tina
Geoffrey Lumsden as James Downham
Tom Kempinski as Watcher
Alan Bennion as Second Watcher
Peter Copley as Orford