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Final Passage, The (Channel 4 1996, Michael Cherrie, Natasha Estelle Williams)



The Final Passage Channel 4 1996

In two part period drama The Final Passage a Caribbean couple, Leila and Michael, make the journey to a new life by moving to England in 1958. Hoping to find a home for themselves the couple find their environment not as easy as they imagined.

Caryl Phillips wrote the script from her own novel which had been published in 1985. The Final Passage was also a rare directorial outing for theatre legend Peter Hall.

production details
UK / Channel 4 – Petard – Heartland / 2×75 minute episode / Broadcast 7-8 July 1996

Writer: Caryl Phillips / Music: Mighty Sparrow, Roaring Lion, Lord Kitchener, Dennis Bovell, Linton Kwesi Johnson / Producer: Caryl Churchill / Director: Peter Hall

Natasha Estelle Williams as Leila
Michael Cherrie as Michael
Diane Parish as Millie
Oscar James as Earl
Carmen Munroe as Mother
Wendy Morgan as Stella
Carolyn Pickles as Mary
Colin McFarlane as Bradeth
Tanya Moodie as Beverley
Anton Phillips as Quaxley St Man
T-Bone Wilson as Williams
Albert Frances Laveau as Doctor Morton
Brian Bovell as Calvin
Ricci Harnett as Gary
Diana Magness as Susan
Kate O’Malley as Rita
Treva Etienne as Vincent
Clare Clifford as Miss Gordon
Robin Browne as Insurance Man
Louise Breslin as Spinster On Train
George Eggay as Legal Student At Station
Daniel Bowers as Man On Bus
Philip McGough as Estate Agent
Peter Needham as Vicar
Peter Gordon as St John Ambulance Man
Freddie Annobil-Dodoo as Man At Station
Matthew Flynn as Policeman At Station