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Lost Empires (ITV Drama, Colin Firth, Laurence Olivier)



Period drama serial Lost Empires, based on the novel by J.B. Priestley began just before World War, when Richard Herncastle (Colin Firth) joins a travelling theatre company and has his eyes opened to love and life.

On the 22 Feb 1987 there was a one off show broadcast called Top of the Bill which was a compilation of all the different variety acts featured in the series.

Cast: Colin Firth as Richard Herncastle; Emil Wolk as Ricarlo; Carmen du Sautoy as Julie Blaine; John Castle as Nicj Ollanton; Gillian Bevan as Cissie Mapes; Brian Glover as Tommy Beamish; Anthony Newlands as Hubert Courtenay; Neil Boorman as Ben Hayes; Ted Morris as Sam Hayes; Mike Edmonds as Barney; Beatie Edney as Nancy Ellis; Laurence Olivier; Gustav Colmar as Jean-Marie Segal; Pamela Stephenson; Charlotte Plowright as Maisie Dawe; Jim Carter as Inspector Crabb

Writer: Ian Curteis / Novel: J.B. Priestley / Music: Derek Hilton / Producer: June Howson

UK / ITV – Granada / 1×120 minute episode 6×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 October – 5 December 1986