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Plotlands (BBC One 1997, Saskia Reeves, Rebecca Callard)

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Period drama serial. In the 1920’s, Londoner Chloe Marsh (to escape her abusive husband) takes her two daughters and tries to start a new life on a new style housing estate where you buy a plot of land (for five pounds) and build your own house.

production details
UK / BBC1/Wall to Wall Television / 6×50 minutes / 1997

Creator/Writer:  Jeremy Brock / Music: John Keane / Script Editor: Anne Pircevic / Associate Producer: Matthew Hamilton / Costume Design: Les Lansdown / Design: Gerry Scott / Executive Producers: Alec Graham, Jane Root, Tessa Ross / Producer: Louis Marks / Director: John Strickland

regular cast
Chloe Marsh………………………………. SASKIA REEVES
Harriet Marsh…………………………….. REBECCA CALLARD
Joan Marsh……………………………….. JADE WILLIAMS
Harry Crowley……………………………. DAVID RYALL
Rory Mulligan……………………………. PETER DINEEN
Grainne Mulligan……………………….. GER RYAN
Fionn Mulligan…………………………… BARRY WARD
Billy Reed………………………………… PHILIP WHITCHURCH
Tom……………………………………….. RICHARD LINTERN
Grace Forster…………………………… PETRA MARKHAM
Charles Forster…………………………. RICHARD CORDERY
Maude…………………………………….. AMANDA ABBINGTON

THE EPISODES

1.CHLOE
When Londoner Chloe Marsh sees a poster advertising plots of land for sale for only five pounds, she decides to run away from her abusive husband, taking her two children with her. However he dream of a new start is not quite as as she anticipated with her and her girls having to make do with a tent as a home.

Coal Cart Driver……………………………… STEVEN OSBORNE
Mr Clarke…………………………………….. TIM PREECE
Housewife……………………………………. FRANCES WHITE
Pub landlady………………………………… SALLY MATES

 

2.RORY
Harry Crowley, the man responsible for the Plotlands development, gives Chloe a job cleaning for him, meanwhile the Mulligans, Chloes Irish next door neighbours are definitely facing a trying time.

Mr Clarke…………………………………….. TIM PREECE
Beattie Crowley…………………………….. EVE SHICKLE
Charlie………………………………………… RICHARD AMERY
Foreman……………………………………… LLOYD McGUIRE
Coal Cart Driver…………………………….. STEVEN OSBORNE
Old Man……………………………………… PETER STOCKBRIDGE

 

3.TOM
Tom, who lives on the edge of the Plotlands development and acts as a kind of a caretaker, has a secret from his past life during world war one when a former comrade turned crook turns up.

George Freeman………………………….. ALAN PERRIN
Ralph Samson…………………………….. JAMIE GLOVER
Mr Cark…………………………………….. TIM PREECE
Coal Cart Driver…………………………… STEVEN OSBORNE

 

4.ORPHANS OF THE STORM
A violent storm occurs bringing trouble for the community, a depressed Harriet then goes missing causing an all out search. Chloe and Tom seem to drawing closer together.

Ralph Samson…………………………….. JAMIE GLOVER
Mr Clarke…………………………………… TIM PREECE

 

5.THE PARTY
It being the first anniversary of the first plot of land sold Crowley decides to throw a party, but Crowley has a secret agenda and is planning to sell off Langton Field(the Plotlands development) making everyone homeless.

Beattie Crowley……………………………… EVE SHICKLE
Mr Clarke……………………………………… TIM PREECE
Ralph Samson………………………………. JAMIE GLOVER
Freddy………………………………………… RON WEBSTER

 

6.HOMES FOR HEROES
Chloe and her children are beginning to settle in and Chloe’s relationship with Tom is progressing but then Chloe’s husband John appears on the scene demanding his marital rights, thanks to Tom he soon learns the way things now stand and the whole Plotlands community rally round to help the Mulligans finish their house.

John Marsh…………………………………. TERENCE BEESLEY
Ralph Samson…………………………….. JAMIE GLOVER
Mr Clarke…………………………………… TIM PREECE

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