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Love Story: The Suitcase (Season 9 Premiere ITV Tues 1 Feb 1972, Diana Coupland)



In The Suitcase, the opening episode of the ninth season of the long running anthology play series, middle aged Nancy, married with a teenage son and daughter, finds herself pregnant following a one night stand with another man. The question is though, will husband Wally stand by her when he finds out.

A strong subject for this season opener, proper grown up television in fact. The casting was excellent with a strong lead role for Diana Coupland, best known for her role in sitcom Bless This House and the always excellent Bryan Pringle as husband Wally. The cast also included Windsor Davies, and Jenny Twigge.

The week’s TV Times had a two page feature on producer Henri Safran and his belief in the nature of love. Safran, French born, had spent the early part of his career in Australia where he had met his wife Valorey. The feature also included a look ahead to the other stories in the season.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 1 February 1972 at 9.00pm

Series: Love Story Season 9 Episode 1

Writer: Dennis Vance / Production Design: Michael Bailey / Script Editor: Riccardo Aragno / Producer: Henri Safran / Director: Moira Armstrong

Diana Coupland as Nancy
Bryan Pringle as Wally
Windsor Davies as Don
Jenny Twigge as Jennie
Marion Mathie as Marge
Nicholas Hoye as Brian
Brian McDermott as Harry
John Rees as Fred
Leo Dolan as John
Meg Davies as Nora
Sheelah Wilcocks as Lady Almoner
Jacqueline Blackmore as Woman