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Baal (BBC Drama, David Bowie, Zoe Wanamaker)

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Baal BBC Drama, David Bowie

In this sinister one off drama we meet Baal (David Bowie), an amoral poet-singer with anarchistic tendencies, he also cares little for his fellow man. The play was Brecht’s first and was set in Germany in the 10 years prior to World War One.

If not for the fact that David Bowie starred and has become a must see for his fans, Baal would probably have been forgotten. Showing on the same evening on ITV was the highly regarded John Mortimer play A Voyage Around My Father with Laurence Olivier in the lead which is where most reviewer’s focus went.

Cast: David Bowie as Baal; Robert Austin as The Coal Merchant; Russell Wooton as Piller; Julian Wadham as Johannes; Wally Thomas as First Cab Driver; Roy Evans as Second Cab Driver; Michael Miller as Horgauer; Sylvia Brayshay as Louise; Tracey Childs as Johanna; Paola Dionisotti as Porter’s Wife; Zoë Wanamaker as Sophie; Polly James as Soubrette

Translated by John Willett / Adaptation: John Willett, Alan Clarke / Script Editor: Stuart Griffiths / Producer: Louis Marks / Directed: Alan Clarke

UK / BBC1 / 1×63 minute episode / Broadcast 29 March 1982