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The Dancing Years (ITV Drama, Anthony Valentine, Celia Gregory)

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The Dancing Years ITV Drama Susan Skipper Anthony Valentine

The Dancing Years was based on a romantic musical by Ivor Novello with a setting of Vienna between the years 1911 and 1938. Storyline concerns three people who find their lives changed forever by their association with a young woman.

Should have been broadcast 27 August 1979 but was postponed because of the long running ITV strike of 1979.

Cast: Anthony Valentine as Rudi; Celia Gregory as Maria; Neville Jason as Charles; Susan Skipper as Grete; Vera Jakob as Hattie; Tim Brierley as Franzel; Kate Coleridge as Lotte; Joyce Grant as Cacille Kurt; Corinna Seddon as Lilli; Jane Morant as Elizabeth; Jeffrey Hardy as Officer; Penelope Beaumont as Hilde; Marilyn Finlay as Wanda; Belinda Sinclair as Emmy; Nina Thomas as Sonia; Jane Paton as Mitzi; Judi Maynard as Sari; Philip York as Officer; John Oxley as Officer; Richard Cornish as Officer; Geoffrey Leesley as Officer; James Murray as Officer; Andrew Seear as Officer; William Humbert as Officer; Terry Mitchell as Ceruti; Bruno Barnabe as Brietkopf; Joyce Graeme as Ballet Mistress; Michael Sheard as Captain Goetzer; Stephen O’Shea as Carl; Felicity Harrison as Lady Guest; Keith Jayne as Boy; Kevin Sullivan as Otto; Michael Hall as Oscar; David Rolfe as Manservant; Alan Collins as Nightwatchman; Roger Ostime as Footman; The Ambrosian Singers

Devisor and Producer: Cecil Clarke / Writer: Christopher Hassall / Lyrics: Ivor Novello and based on a play by Ivor Novello / Musical Director: Cyril Ornadel / Choreography: Geraldine Stephenson / Production Design: Henry Graveney / Director: Richard Bramall

UK / ITV – ATV / 1×165 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 30 December 1979 at 3.15pm