Sally Ann: The Reluctant Chosen (ITV 9 Dec 1979, with Mark Wynter)

In The Reluctant Chosen accountant Benny Richardson helps an old man, Bellamy, he comes across in the park on his lunch break. He takes him to he Salvation Army hostel around the corner and is pretty impressed with the way they deal with him. He feels he is getting “a call” and is keen to find out more but doesn’t know if he has the stomach for the work the Sally Ann does.

Meanwhile Major Cartwright has major trouble with an agressive and drunken homeless man.

Having grown up within the Sally Ann Hannah is still keen to sample what the real world has to offer.

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Each episode tends to deal with an issue that the Salvation Army faces, the half hour running time does mean that they tend to be quite simplistic, such as here when Benny goes from being slightly interested to being ready to give it everything in the space of a couple of minutes.

Hannah tells Mary she is going out with friends and that she needs to experience something of the outside world.

production details
UK / ITV – Southern / 1×25 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 9 December 1979 at 6.00pm

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Writer: Peter Terson / Production Design: Greg Lawson / Director: Tristan de Vere Cole

Series: Sally Ann Episode 7 of 8

Frank Mills as Major Gibbs
Stephanie Cole as Mr Major Gibbs
Gerald James as Major Cartwright
Carol Leader a Lt Mary Barker
Sam Kydd as Pike
Julia Chambers as Hannah
Philip da Costa as Bramwell
Mark Wynter as Benny Richardson
Julia Vidler as Janie Richardson
Roger Tallon as Harry
Preston Lockwood as Bellamy
Steve Gardner as Jock
David Sadgrove as Tony
Bob Mason as Eric

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