TV Play For Today: Early Struggles (BBC-1 1976, Paul Nicholas, Tom Conti) Published 3 years ago on May 27, 2016 In the superb Play For Today; Early Struggles, Paul Nicholas is struggling musician Kevin whose girlfriend has walked out on him leaving him to look after their 11 month old baby girl. He is doing the best he can but feels that his time to make it in the business is running out. He is troubled by an upcoming appointment at the baby clinic believing that they will want to take the child away from him if they feel he can’t cope and also feels the need to help out his friend Barron who is sleeping rough on the common and on the verge of succumbing to alcoholism. Captures that run down essence of the seventies in all its council flat, flaky paint non-glamour. Wonderfully melancholic but also rather endearing too. It’s basically a two hander between Conti and Nicholas and Conti in particular is superb as the totally wasted Barron who finds some kind of salvation in helping Kevin care for his child, the role carries clear future echoes of his performances in the following years The Norman Conquests. Amanda Barrie is almost unrecognisable as Kevin’s sister Joyce. classic quotes “He does love the child” “That’s not enough though is it” production details UK / BBC-1 / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 30 March 1976 Writer: Peter Prince / Script Editor: Colin Tucker / Music Advisor: Brian Gascoigne / Production Assistants: Renny Rye, Fiona Cumming / Costumes: Dorothea Wallace / Production Design: Moira Tait / Producer: Graeme McDonald / Director: Stephen Frears Series: Play For Today cast PAUL NICHOLAS as Kevin TOM CONTI as Barron AMANDA BARRIE as Joyce HILARY MASON as Mum EDDIE DAVIES as Dad GWYNETH STRONG as Carol STEPHEN REA as Chas CHARLOTTE CORNWELL as Doctor HUGH FRASER as Musician JESSICA SWIFT as Musician’s Girlfriend GONZALES as Group MIRANDA MAYORCAS, CLAIRE MAYORCAS, JONATHAN OWEN, DAGAN BAYLISS as Tracy BBCCharlotte CornwellColin TuckerDorothea WallaceGraeme McDonaldGwyneth StrongHilary MasonHugh FraserMoira TaitPeter PrincePlay For TodayStephen FrearsStephen ReaTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes2 days ago America Unearthed: Vikings in the Desert (Travel Tues 28 May 2019) Vikings in the Desert : Scott Wolter investigates alleged Viking artifacts found in the Arizona desert by using state-of-the-art XRF... Episodes2 days ago Diabolical: Someone’s Lying (S2EP12 ID Tues 28 May 2019) Someone’s Lying: When a hunter stumbles upon a woman’s body with an execution-style gunshot wound to the back of her... Episodes2 days ago True Conviction: Murder in New England (S2EP7 ID Tues 28 May 2019) Murder in New England: After grandmother Irene Kennedy is found dead in a park, her family is split apart when... Episodes2 days ago The Last O.G.: Your Mom’s in My Business (S2EP9 TBS Tues 28 May 2019) Your Mom’s in My Business: Shay decides to launch her own fashion line after she realizes that she is faced... Episodes2 days ago Texicanas: Chapter 4 – The Truce (S1EP4 Bravo Tues 28 May 2019) Chapter 4 – The Truce: Luz invites the other women to come to a concealed handgun class; Lorena and Penny... search EPISODES Episodes2 days ago Fosse/Verdon: Providence (Season finale airs Tues 28 May on FX) Providence: Gwen looks ahead to an uncertain future in her acting and dancing career, as Bob tells the story of... Episodes2 days ago The Bold Type: Revival (S3EP8 Tues 28 May 2019) Revival: When Adena returns to New York, Kat debates whether she’s ready to see her, but quickly realizes she might... Episodes2 days ago Animal Kingdom Season 4 Premieres Tues 28 May on TNT In the season four premiere, the Codys pull off a risky robbery that results in a big realization for Craig... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.