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Give Us A Kiss, Christabel (BBC Drama, Dennis Waterman, Jan Francis)



In short romantic comedy Give Us A Kiss, Christabel, written by Alan Plater and screened as part of the BBC’s directors new to TV strand Premiere, Wilfred (Dennis Waterman), who works in a street market, is desperate to get a kiss off the beautiful Christabel (Jan Francis) who runs her own junk stall.

Director Peter Farrell had been working as a production assistant at BBC Birmingham and had previously worked as stage manager at both the London Festival Ballet and the National Theatre. Despite Premiere being a work for new directors Farrell had already directed a play, To Glasgow With Love by Dominic Behan, for BBC Scotland.

TV Presenter Joan Bakewell popped up in a guest role as herself.

Series: Premiere Season 1 Episode 6

Cast: Dennis Waterman as Wilfred; Jan Francis as Christabel; Paul Satvender as Fred Flag; Ian Ireland as Bert Bike; Robert Gillespie as Len Lit; Pat Roach as Pat Chain; Lincoln Wright as Bible Black; Joan Bakewell; Mike Westbrook Brass Band

Writer: Alan Plater / Script Editor: Terry Coles / Production Design: Don Taylor, Jan Spczynski / Camera: John McGlashan / Producer: Graham Benson / Director: Peter Farrell

UK / BBC Two / 1×25 minute episode / Thursday 27 October 1977 at 9.00pm