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Red Letter Day: For Services To Myself (S1EP6 ITV Sun 15 Feb 1976, Alan Dobie, James Hazledine)

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Red Letter Day For Services To Myself ITV 1976 Gwen Cherrell Alan Dobie

In For Services To Myself, college lecturer Roger Banks has been awarded an OBE which means a visit to Buckingham Palace to receive the award from the Queen herself. Whilst this should be a cause of great celebration it doesn’t seem that way to life-long socialist Roger. Having been an opponent of the establishment all his life should he even accept the honour.

There was also a feature in the weeks TV Times about the Queen’s honour and how for the average person an OBE was pretty the highest honour that was available with an MBE the most common. There was also a short piece about Alan Dobie in the same issue. He hadn’t been seen too much on TV at the time (it was six years since he starred in a full series, Diamond Crack Diamond). A couple of years later he would go to his best remembered role that of Victorian detective sergeant Cribb in the series ITV series Cribb.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 15 February 1976 at 10.00pm

Series: Red Letter Day Episode 6 of 7

Writer: C.P. Taylor / Production Design: Colin Rees / Director: Gordon Flemyng

cast
Alan Dobie as Roger Banks
Gwen Cherrell as Beryl Banks
Ronald Radd as Andy Banks
James Hazeldine as Graham Banks
Adrienne Frank as Doreen Banks
Annie Irving as Penny Banks
Lyn Douglas as Margaret Banks
David Allister as Chris Maddison
Frank Duncan as Principal
Arthur Blake as Shop Assistant
Ian Munro as Taxi Driver
Richard Ommanney as Policeman
Richard Steele as Alderman Franks
Elaine Shurring as Mavis
Fiona Wilson as Irene
Jacky Lye as Pam
Neil Ranade as Boy At Youth Centre