Love Child, The (Channel 4 1988, Sheila Hancock, Peter Capaldi)

Comedy drama. Dillon was a sixties love child. His parents, members of renowned psychadelic band The Pink Frogs, died years before in a car crash. Brought up by his gran on a south London housing estate Dillon has turned out sensitive awkward and gawky. He wants to escape his family history of eccentricity and aspires to “ordinariness”.

That’s not going to be an easy task, especially with stoner friends like Cliff and Elvis, a boss who wants him to develop a killer streak and the unwelcome attentions of a talking toilet. A great piece of English eccentricity with a wonderful performance from Sheila Hancock and some surreal overtones.

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Sheila Hancock as Edith
Peter Capaldi as Dillon
Percy Herbert as Maurice
Lesley Sharp as Bernadette
Arthur Hewlett as Stan
Alexei Sayle as The Voices
Cleo Sylvestre as Celia
Stephen Lind as Colin
Ajaykumar as Majid
Andrew Seear as Tony
Kevin Allen as Cliff
Robert Blythe as Elvis
Cathy Murphy as Linda
Stephen Frost as Tough Policeman
Steven O’Donnell as Young Policeman
Nicola Lawrence as Melanie

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crew details
Writer: Gordon Hann
Music: Colin Gibson and Kenny Craddock
Paintings by Kathleen Mullaniff
Director: Robert Smith

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: Channel 4 – VPROTV – Frontroom
Duration: 1×100 minute episode
Aired From: 22 September 1988

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