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The Good Companions: Supper At The Royal Standard (S1EP3 ITV 21 Nov 1980, with Nigel Stock)

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In Supper At The Royal Standard plans are made for the continuance of the Dinky Doos current tour but in the meantime we discover just how Inigo came to find himself in the same cafe as the rest of the Dinky’s. A schoolteacher at a none too salubrious prep school Inigo finds himself tangling with the head’s wife once too often and ends up out on his ear, determined to hit the road and finish his essay The Knapsack Inigo finds himself stranded in a train station with wandering minstrel Morton Mitcham.

Jeremy Nicholas who plays Jollifant reveals himself to be quite the pianist in this episode which pulls together the new troupe nicely. By the end of it the Dinky-Dos have been renamed The Good Companions.

UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 21 November 1980

Writer: Alan Plater / Director: Bill Hays

Series: The Good Companions

Episode 3 of 9

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JEREMY NICHOLAS as Inigo Jollifant
FRANK MILLS as Jimmy Nunn
JOHN BLYTHE as Joe Brundit
JO KENDALL as Mrs Joe
VIVIENNE MARTIN as Elsie Longstaff
JAN FRANCIS as Susie Dean
JOHN STRATTON as Jess Oakroyd
BRYAN PRINGLE as Morton Mitchum
SIMON GREEN as Jerry Jerningham
JUDY CORNWELL as Elizabeth Trant
GORDON GOSTELOW as James Tarvin
ELSPETH MARCH as Mrs Tarvin
NIGEL STOCK as Robert Fauntley
COLIN HIGGINS as Harold Felton
CATHERINE TERRIS as Miss Callander
TIM WYLTON as Harry Briggs
MALCOLM TERRIS as E.G. Timpany
HENRIETTA BAYNES as Freda
DECLAN MULHOLLAND as Drunk
LESLIE SANDS as Narrator
Banjo played by Bryan Daly