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Playing For Real (BBC Drama, Julie Welch, Alec Heggie)



In comedy drama series Playing For Real when Billy Buchan dies, his daughter Chrissie (Patricia Kerringan) takes over the running of his subutteo football team installing herself as player/manager of Real Falkirk, much to the initial distress of her all male team-mates.

Subutteo is the much loved ‘flick to kick’ table top football game that first appeared in 1947 but reached the height of it’s popularity between the 1960’s and 1980’s thanks to the myriad different teams available (all based on real life soccer clubs) and the large amount of accessories you could collect.

Cast: Patricia Kerrigan as Chrissie Buchan; Alec Heggie as Sam Montgomery; Jake D’Arcy as Dougie Kemp; Iain Andrew as Mo Maconachie; David Meldrum as Bern McAvennie; Lawrie McNicol as Toni Rossi; Sandy Welch as Perry Gilbert-Walker; Juliet Cadzow as Teresa Kelly; Grace Glover as Suzy Gilbert-Walker; Anne Kristen as Agnes Buchan; Michael Garner as Elton Trelford; Tony Caunter as Ollie Birtles; Libby McArthur as Jene Maconachie; Roderick Smith as Alastair Croucher; Christopher Fulford as Miles Mulliner

Creator and Writer: Julie Welch (apart from episode 5 which was written by Danny Boyle) / Music: Carlo Vila, Jake Boyle, Jamie Rugge-Price / Producer: Tim Aspinall / Director: Jim Hill

UK / BBC One / 6×45 minutes / 29 July – 2 September 1988 Fridays at 9.30pm