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Armchair Cinema: Tully (ITV 26 Nov 1975 with Anthony Valentine and Kevin Miles)

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In Armchair Cinema entry Tully which was a UK-Australian co-production sees insurance investigator Tully tracks a cache of stolen art and antiques worth two million pounds and the man behind their theft from London to Sydney and finds that he’s not the only one interesting in recovering them.

Completely American style opening titles and strident theme music that unfortunately is carried over into the production itself. There is also lots of stereotypical Australian action going on when Tully is in Sydney and some overdone direction. There are some positive points though, Anthony Valentine is excellent as Tully and Jack Thompson is always worth watching, good to see Noeline Brown acting against type here too as a landlady who blackmails Eastman’s wife. The production was 98% filmed in Sydney with a few opening linking shots of London at the start.

Fellow Armchair Cinema episode Regan had led to The Sweeney and whilst Tully does have some similar aspects to that show going for it a series never emerged.

production details
UK – Australia / ITV – Thames – Euston Films – ABC – Deutscher Filmdienst / 1×80 minuute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 26 November 1975 @ 8.30pm

Writer: Ian Stuart Black / Action Sequences: Peter Armstrong / Music: Patrick Aulton played by The ABC Sydney Showband conducted by Eric Cook / Executive Producers: Lloyd Shirley, George Taylor / Producer and Director: James Gatward

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ANTHONY VALENTINE as Tully
HENRY SZEPS as Ted Eastman
KEVIN MILES as Brandon
JACK THOMPSON as Vic
BARBARA NIELSON as Silvia
JOHN STANTON as Helier
WILLIAM REDMOND as Sharples
MARTIN PHELAN as Foxy
LYN JAMES as Doris
LES FOXCROFT as Mr Fenner
MICHAEL AITKENS as Barman
NOELINE BROWN as Valerie
KENNETH GOODLET as Inspector
PHILLIP ROSS as Inspector Young
EDWARD HEPPLE as Skimp
RICHARD GILBERT as Swagman
BOB HALLETT as Roy
FRANKIE DAVIDSON as Bruce
RAY MARSHALL as Mr Minter
TONY BARRY as Mack
BRUNO LAWRENCE as Bert
REBECCA GILLING as Secretary
BELINDA CROSSE as Sally
RUTH OSBORNE as Nurse
ZOE SALMON as Travel Clerk
PETER BERG as Fence
ROBERT HUGHES as Tully’s Lookout
NATALIE MOSCO as Kitty
RUTH ARDLER as Aboriginal Lady

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