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Frontier (ITV 1968, Gary Bond, Paul Eddington)

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Period drama series Frontier told stories of a group of soldiers stationed in India in the 1880’s.

Despite the setting of Northern India location filming for the series was in fact conducted in North Wales. Producer Michael Chapman told the TV Times “a military advisor told us the hills of Snowdonia are identical to those of India on the Afghanistan border.” There was a 2000ft climb though to reach exactly the right spot.

Frontier was one of the first shows made by Thames after the Franchise shake up of 1968, airing in the company’s first week on air.

Writers on the series included Anthony Scene, Berkeley Mather and Robert Holmes.

Frontier ITV 1968 Location Shooting

North Wales stood in for India for location filming. Here the cast and crew make their way to the perfect filming spot.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 8×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 July – 18 September 1968

Story Editor: George Markstein / Executive Producer: Lloyd Shirley / Producer: Michael Chapman

cast
GARY BOND as Lt Russell
PAUL EDDINGTON as Hamilton Lovelace
JULIAN HERRINGTON as Captain Sinclair
MARK ELWES as Lt Anderson
PAUL DARROW as Captain Hume
FULTON MACKAY as Adjutant
ROGER MUTTON as Lt Judd
JOHN PHILLIPS as Lt Col Whitley
PATRICK O’CONNELL as Colour Sgt O’Brien
JAMES MAXWELL as Capt Stoughton
LEWIS FIANDER as Lt The Viscount Corbridge
THOMAS HEATHCOTE as Colour Sgt Donaldson
WILF CARR as Private Higgs
MICHAEL HARBOUR as Private Foley
CLIFFORD COX as Corporal
ROGER ROWLAND as Sgt Peters
MATTHEW ROBERTSON as Private Thomson
GARETH HUNT as Private Kitson

THE EPISODES
1. THE LAST OF THE LINE (31 Jul 1968)
2. DASTURI (7 Aug 1968)
3. A LITTLE BEFORE HIS TIME (14 Aug 1968)
4. HIS LORDSHIP (21 Aug 1968)
5. SIGNPOST (28 Aug 1968)
6. MUTINY (4 Sep 1968)
7. DUEL OF HONOUR (11 Sep 1968)
8. THE WHOLE TRUTH (18 Sep 1968)