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Fame is the Spur (BBC-1 1982, Tim Pigott-Smith, David Hayman)



BBC Logo 1980s

Period drama series Fame is the Spur tells the story of development of the Labour Party, through the world of three very different men, through to the Spanish Civil War.

Beginning in 1877 the serial follows three friends from Manchester all determined to make something of their lives. The three, Tom Hannaway, Arnold Ryerson and John Shawcross take different paths but all make an impact.

Tom ends up making his fortune in business whilst Arnold becomes a prominent trade unionist. John (or Hamer as he renames himself) moves up in politics.

Music was by Alan Price.

production details
UK / BBC One / 8×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 8 January – 26 February 1982

Writer: Elaine Morgan / Book: Howard Spring / Script Editor: Adrian Vale / Music: Alan Price / Producer: Richard Beynon / Director: David Giles

Tim Pigott-Smith as John “Hamer” Shawcross
David Hayman as Arnold Ryerson
George Costigan as Tom Hannaway
Paola Dionisotti as Ellen
Joanna David as Ann
Sheila Reid as Mrs Ryerson
Joanna David as Ann
Julia McKenzie as Pen
Phyllida Law as Lizzie
Elizabeth Counsell as Lady Lettice
Steve Morley as Jimmy Newboult
Abigail McKern as Alice