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 Episodes3 mins ago Big Texas Fix: Dream House (S1EP7 DIY Sat 25 May 2019) Dream House: Michael and Ashley stumble upon a pre-1900s Victorian home after doing some curbside dumpster diving, so they hit... Episodes3 mins ago Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation – A Forever Home in Isle of Palms (S4EP8 HGTV Sat 25 May 2019) A Forever Home in Isle of Palms: A couple has made the decision to purchase a property in Cape San... Episodes3 mins ago Murder Decoded: Prowling Wolf (S1EP8 ID Sat 25 May 2019) Reports of shots fired at an apartment complex lead police to discover the bodies of a single mother and two... Episodes3 mins ago The Son: Hot Oil (S2EP5 AMC Sat 25 May 2019) Hot Oil: In 1852, Young Eli is forced hide a deadly secret; in 1916, Maria’s return brings devastating consequences for... Episodes3 mins ago Ransom: Story for Another Day (Season 3 Finale CBS Sat 25 May 2019) Story for Another Day: When Cynthia (Karen LeBlanc) and her younger brother, Tyler (Emmanuel Kabongo), are abducted by a criminal... search EPISODES Episodes3 mins ago Murdoch Mysteries: Annabella Cinderella (S12EP11 Ovation Sat 25 May 2019) Annabella Cinderella: Crabtree and John are transporting a convicted axe murderer to prison when she escapes to exact revenge on... Episodes3 mins ago Murdoch Mysteries: Six of the Best (S12EP12 Ovation Sat 25 May 2019) Six of the Best: Murdoch’s distressing childhood memories are evoked while investigating the death of an orphan under the care... Episodes3 mins ago From Friend to Fiancé (Hallmark Sat 25 May 2019, Jocelyn Hudon, Ryan Paevey) Jess Parks (Hudon) has a good job, great friends and a cool apartment in the city. She has it all,... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.