TV Adventure Story (BBC 1950, Andrew Osborn, Patrick Troughton) Published 3 years ago on June 20, 2016 Period drama Adventure Story which told the life story of Alexander The Great had been a reasonable hit on the stage for Terence Rattigan in 1949. The story picks up just after the conquest of Persia with Alexander dreaming of a world empire in his name but above it all lonely and insecure. The Alexander portrayed here is one who will stop at nothing, even murdering some of those closest to him, not least the man he considered something of a father figure Cleitus. Broadcast live as was the custom during the earliest days of TV production, it was restaged four days later (something which was also done on a regular basis with significant productions at the time). The BBC was the only channel broadcasting at the time and then on just one channel. The drama was restaged in 1961 with Sean Connery, then a rising star who would go on a year later to play James Bond, in the lead role of Alexander. The Adventure Story drama that was broadcast in 1946 was not anything related to this one being based on a play by Charles Terrot. classic quote “Who is to succeed me to the throne of Asia? Who shall I condemn to death?” production details UK / BBC / 1×105 minute episode / Broadcast 30 July 1950 in black and white Writer:Terence Rattigan / Production Design: Barry Learoyd / Music: Benjamin Frankel / Producer: Michael Barry Series: Sunday Night Theatre cast ANDREW OSBORN as Alexander GLADYS COOPER as Queen Mother of Persia PATRICK TROUGHTON as Ptolemy ALAN TILVERN as Perdiccas VERONICA TURLEIGH as The Pythia, Priestess of Delphi TERENCE LONGDON as Hephaestion SEYMOUR GREEN as Mazares (servant to Darius) JOHN GABRIEL as Darius, King of Persia SHELLEY LYNN as Queen Statira of Persia JUNE RODNEY as Princess Statira of Persia ALAN LAWRENCE as Prince Bessus, Satrap of Bactria MICHAEL HORDERN as General Parmenion BASIL APPLEBY as Philotas JOHN SLATER as Cleitus ANNE VALERY as Roxana PADDY RUSSELL as Attendant RICHARD TAYLOR as Persian Palace Official JOHN GARDINER, DAVID ASKEY, PETER RENDELL as Greek Soldiers PHILIP BRAY as Persian Soldier Andrew OsbornBarry LearoydBBCGladys CooperMichael BarryMichael HordernPatrick TroughtonPeriod dramaTerence LongdonTerence RattiganTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes9 hours ago Chronicle Mysteries: The Wrong Man (Hallmark Sun 24 Feb 2019, Alison Sweeney) Podcaster Alex McPherson seeks the truth behind the tragic death of a young lawyer, while partner Drew finds himself diving... Episodes9 hours ago The Zoo: The Marvelous Mott Mott (Season 3 Premieres 24 Feb 2019 on Animal Planet) The Marvelous Mott Mott: Animal Planet’s THE ZOO goes behind the scenes at the world-famous Bronx Zoo for a third... Episodes9 hours ago SMILF: Single Mom In Love Forever (S2EP5 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) Single Mom In Love Forever: In 2014, Bridgette and Rafi prepare for the realities of parenthood as Bridgette experiences contractions,... Episodes9 hours ago Crashing: The Viewing Party (S3EP6 HBO Sun 24 Feb 2019) The Viewing Party: Pete (Pete Holmes) and Kat (Madeline Wise) attend a viewing party for Ali’s late-night spot on Seth... Episodes9 hours ago Black Monday: 243 (S1EP5 Showtime Sun 24 Feb 2019) 243: Mo takes Dawn to the Predator’s Ball in an effort to raise the capital The Jammer Group needs to... search EPISODES Episodes9 hours ago When Calls The Heart: Phone Rings and Heartstrings (Season 6 Premieres Sun 24 Feb 2019 on Hallmark) In the “When Calls the Heart” season six premiere “Phone Rings and Heartstrings” the town of Hope Valley adjusts to... Episodes9 hours ago Evil Lives Here: I Hate Being Daddy’s Girl (S4EP8 ID Sun 24 Feb 2019) I Hate Being Daddy’s Girl: When Robin Doll was rescued from her mother’s violence and went to live with her... Episodes9 hours ago Private Eyes: Getaway With Murder (S2EP12 ION Sun 24 Feb 2019) Getaway With Murder: Shade and Angie are hired by the owner of a luxurious rustic lodge to investigate an infidelity... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.