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All Along The Watchtower (BBC-1 1999, Chris Lang, Felix Bell)

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In sitcom All Along The Watchtower the two remaining staff at early warning radar station RAF Auchnacluchnie in the wilds of Scotland have no idea the cold war is over. Flight Leiutenant Harrison is aghast when he learns he too is to be stationed there, until that is he falls for the tempting charms of local schoolteacher Eilidh Guthrie.

She tells him that the village school, which only has a single pupil, will lose its grant and be forvced to shut down if the base is closed.

As a result of Harrison’s report back to HQ, it’s decided that the staff at the base needs to be increased by one. Since Harrison is already in the area, the RAF decide that he should remain there.

production details
BBC1 / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 28 February – 11 April 1999

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Writers: Pete Sinclair, Trevelyan Evans / Music: Debbie Wiseman / Costume: Lynn Horrie / Executive Producer: Mike Bolland / Producer: Peter Thornton / Director: Lissa Evans

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CHRIS LANG as Flt Lt Harrison
FELIX BELL as Airman Tench
ROGER BLAKE as Wg Cmdr Campbell-Stokes
ZOE EELES as Eilidh Guthrie
TONY ROPER as Iain Guthrie
TOM WATSON as Dougie Maclaggan
GEORGIE GLEN as Mrs Mulvey
MICHAEL BLAIR as Callum


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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