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Love Story: As You Were (S11EP5 ITV Tues 18 Dec 1973, Donal Donnelly, John Ringham)



Love Story As You Were ITV 1973

In As You Were, the penultimate Love Story entry, firm friends George and Ted, having spent years in the army together are now making a go of it in civvy street. The pair share a flat, the older George working as a store man and Ted training to become a teacher but the pair find their equilibrium unsettled when Betty, who works at the local cinema, enters their lives.

A small scale comedy tinged script from the always reliable Julia Jones. Director Piers Haggard would go on to direct Dennis Potter’s iconic serial Pennies From Heaven in 1978 and the final Quatermass story in 1979.

Frances Cuka who plays Betty was another actress with a long career of mostly character parts. Usually in the supporting cast it was rarer for her to play the female lead. John Ringham as George is a very well known TV face, best known for playing Penny’s dad in Just Good Friends he notched up well over 200 credits in his long career. He made his TV debut in 1957’s Hawkeye and the Last of the Mohicans but by the time of this performance he was popping up for a guest role in pretty much every TV show going. Sometimes multiple times – he played 8 different characters in Z Cars over the course of its run.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 18 December 1973 at 9.00pm

Series: Love Story Season 11 Episode 5

Writer: Julia Jones / Production Design: Michael Bailey / Director: Piers Haggard

Frances Cuka as Betty
John Ringham as George
Donal Donnelly as Ted
Reg Lever as Man in queue
Margaret Heald as Mandy