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A J Wentworth, BA (ITV 1982, Arthur Lowe, Harry Andrews)

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In his last TV series, recorded just weeks before he died, Arthur Lowe played a maths teacher in a 1940’s prep school who was obsessed with old-fashioned school virtues. Fighting internal battles with his arch-enemy, Matron, the disaster-prone teacher (who was weak on discipline but strong on dignity) was constantly preoccupied by such trivial matters as the high cost of pen nibs. The snobbish cleric, Reverend R. G. Saunders, was the school’s headmaster.

The series was based on stories by H. F. Ellis, although just six episodes were made.

Lowe died on 15 April 1982.

production details
UK | ITV – Thames | 6×25 minutes | Broadcast 12 July – 23 August 1982

Writer: Basil Boothroyd
Stories: H.F. Ellis
Producer and Director: Michael Mills

cast
ARTHUR LOWE as A.J. Wentworth
MARION MATHIE as Matron
HARRY ANDREWS as Saunders
RONNIE STEVENS as Rawlinson
MICHAEL BEKS as Gilbert
MARCUS EVANS as Mason
ALISTAIR CALLENDER as Anderson

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