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Father’s Day (Channel 4 1983-1984, John Alderton, Dominique Barnes)



Written by Peter Spence but based on a column written by Hunter Davies for Punch magazine, Father’s Day focused on journalist Lylall Jarvis (John Alderton) and his three children, especially the difficulties he faced with teenager Gemma (Dominique Barnes).

Youngest child Tasha was played by John Alderton’s real life daughter Kate.

Episode five from season one aired initially on ITV on 7 April 1983 as part of an evening dedicated to spotlighting Channel 4.

Cast: John Alderton as Lyall Jarvis; Rosalind Ayres as Dee Jarvis (series 1); Karen Archer as Dee Jarvis (special & series 2); Dominique Barnes as Gemma Jarvis; Zac Nicholson as Toby Jarvis; Kate Alderton as Tasha Jarvis; Paul Angelis as Lyall’s father

Writer: Peter Spence / Column: Hunter Davies / Producer: Brian Eastman / Director: Leszck Burzynski

UK / Channel 4-Picture Partnership / 14×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 17 April 1983 – 19 August 1984 2 seasons + 1 special