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Star Quality: What Mad Pursuit (BBC-1 1985 with Carroll Baker and Paul Daneman)

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UK / BBC One – Quintet Films – A&E Network / 1×55 minute episode / Broadcast 24 November 1985

Writer: Stanley Price / Based on the play Long Island Sound by Noel Coward / Script Editor: Alan Drury / Production Design: Cecilia Brereton / Musical Director: Tony Britten / Costumes: Juanita Waterson / Executive Producer: Victor Glynn / Producer: Alan Shallcross / Director: Tony Smith

Series: Star Quality / Episode 3 of 6

In this period comedy drama English novelist Evan Lorrimer is on tour of America and struggling to cope with the over bearing ways of his American hosts.

Probably the weakest of the six Star Quality productions but still a production of strong performances, Paul Daneman is excellent as the increasingly weary author whilst there are also roles for a young Haydn Gwynne and the always watchable Jacqueline Pearce. Carroll Baker gets top billing though.

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CARROLL BAKER as Louise Steinhauser
PAUL DANEMAN as Evan Lorrimer
NEIL CUNNINGHAM as Lester Gage
PHILIP JOSEPH as Don Wilson
JANE CARR as Irene Marlow
CLIVE SWIFT as Bonwit Steinhauser
SANDRA DICKINSON as Delia Hughes-Hitchcock
JACQUELINE PEARCE as Luella Rosen
HAYDN GWYNNE as Shirley Benedict
HELEN BLIZARD as Leonie Crane
DAVID ROPER as Hughsie Hughes-Hitchcock
BRITT WALKER as Aesop
IMOGEN BICKFORD-SMITH as Bright-Eyes Murphy
DAVID GILLIAM as Dwight Macadoo
BRADLEY LAVELLE as Tim Murphy
NICHOLAS PRITCHARD as Suki
TED MAYNARD as Neuman Bloch
HELEN HORTON as Mrs Loomis
PAMELA MANDELL as Woman Questioner
SARAH BRACKETT, VALERIE COLGAN and RITA DAVIES as Ladies at Literary Luncheon

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