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Shoestring: Find The Lady (BBC-1 2 Dec 1979, Toyah Wilcox)

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In Find the Lady singer Toola asks Eddie to help her former bass player Gary “Mole” Molecombe who is convinced that his girlfriend Chrissie has been murdered by Toola’s manager Kenrick. Kenrick is quite the nasty piece of work but there seems to be no real evidence to support Moles claims of murder especially as a local photographer provides evidence of Chrissie being alive and well. But then Mole himself dies of an apparent overdose…

Something of an all star effort this one with its script by Philip “Gangsters” Martin and roles for Toyah Wilcox, Gary Holton, Lynda Bellingham, Diana Weston, Mick Jagger’s brother Chris and Christopher Biggins playing against time as a baddie. The episode actually offers up a great effort to see Toyah in her pop star prime as her music (she sings three songs) is given lots of screen time. Punk rock was definitely something of a rarity on main stream tv at the time too.

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UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 2 December 1979

Writer: Philip Martin / Production Design: Spencer Chapman / Director: Marek Kanievska

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Series: Shoestring Season 1 Episode 9

guest cast
CHRISTOPHER BIGGINS as Kenrick
GARY HOLTON as Gary Molecombe
TOYAH WILCOX as Toola
CHRISTOPHER JAGGER as Ray
PETER DEAN as P.C. Bryan Molecombe
LYNDA BELLINGHAM as Nicola
DIANA WESTON as Chrissie
DESMOND CULLUM-JONES as Nigel Cantly
BARBARA ANGELL as Tattooist
JULIAN LITTMAN as Vincent Dinsdale
BRIAN CAPRON as Photographer
LLOYD LAMBLE as Policeman
MICHAEL F. KENNY as Powell
JOEL BOGAN, STEVE BRADY, PETE BUSH, CHARLIE FRANCIS as Toola’s Band


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