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The Challengers: Who’s Been Eating My Porridge? (S1EP2 ITV Mon 10 Jan 1972, with Hilary Dwyer)



In Who’s Been Eating My Porridge?, the second episode of The Challengers, Killane gets his first real chance to prove himself as an MP when there is the opportunity to pave the way for the creation of 5,000 jobs in Andersley with the arrival of a potential new factory.

In public Sam Brodie is anti every move Killane makes but he knows the town desperately needs the jobs and that behind closed doors the pair of them can persuade the ministry to choose Andersley for the new factory and not somewhere else.

Meanwhile we also learn just what rules Killane plays by and the fact that he has a troublesome ex-wife (played by the fab Hilary Dwyer, who the following year would go on to a major role in fellow Yorkshire series Hadleigh.)

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 10 January 1972 at 9.00pm

Series: The Challengers Episode 2 (of 6)

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: Marc Miller

Michael Gambon as John Killane
Colin Blakely as Sam Brodie
Joanna Van Gyseghem as Annie
William Gaunt as Peter Chapman
Hilary Dwyer as Janie Killane
Richard Hampton as Cliff Lambert
Alex Scott as Joe Garsfield
George H. Malpas as Harry Kinnersley
Eric Thompson as Joe Delaney
Bill Owen as Sir Joseph Conran
Bernard Archard as Minister
Kathleen Byron as Mrs Exton
Joanne Cookson as Elizabeth Brodie