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Red Letter Day: Well Thank You, Thursday (S1EP3 ITV Sun 25 Jan 1976, Judy Parfitt)



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In Well Thank You, Thursday, (the second of two scripts written by Jack Rosenthal for the series) Judy Parfitt plays Miss Shepherd, Assistant Registrar of Births, Marriages and Deaths. Miss Shepherd plays host to the whole gamut of human emotions in her job but on this particular day all she is interested in is the arrival of her new desk.

Lots of familiar faces in this one, Judy Parfitt had begun her TV career in 1956 with the play A Likely Tale but was also a highly regarded stage actress. Her career is still going strong with one of the lead roles in BBC drama Call The Midwife.

Andrew Ray, son of comedian Ted Ray, had made his debut as a child actor in popular 1950 movie The Mudlark. Maggie Ollerenshaw who would go on to be a TV regular in character roles but was here making only her second TV appearance. Philip Jackson and Richard Griffiths also pop up in small roles.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 25 January 1976 at 10.00pm

Series: Red Letter Day Episode 3 of 7

Writer: Jack Rosenthal / Production Design: Colin Rees / Director: Brian Mills

Judy Parfitt as Miss Shepherd
Andrew Ray as Toby
Brenda Cavendish as Glenda
Philip Jackson as Stan
Gabrielle Lloyd as Liz
Frank Crompton as Mr Crabtree
Veronica Roberts as Jenny
Geoffrey Drew as Doctor Benson
Lloyd McGuire as Mick
Vicky Ireland as Mary
Richard Griffiths as Window Cleaner
Rafiq Anwar as Mr Patel
Carl Rae as Dan
Maggie Ollerenshaw as First Mother
Valerie Phillips as Second Mother
Pat Wallis as Woman Shopper
Tommy Harper as First Man in Overalls
Alan Luxton as Second Man in Overalls
Eirwyn Davies as Old Man in Post Office