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The December Rose (BBC Family Drama, Courtney Roper-Knight, Ian Hogg)

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The December Rose was a well cast six part period children’s drama serial written by Leon Garfield.

In Victorian times a young Chimney Sweep gets caught up in a tangled web of intrigue and murder that sees him embark on a trek along Britain’s waterways after he stows away on a narrow boat.

Cast: COURTNEY ROPER-KNIGHT as Barnacle Brown / TONY HAYGARTH as Tom Gosling / BILL WALLIS as Roberts / IAN HOGG as Inspector Creaker / PATRICK MALAHIDE as Mr Hastymite / JUDY CORNWELL as Mrs. McDipper / CATHY MURPHY as Miranda McDipper / LINAL HAFT as Solomon Levy / MICHAEL ALDRIDGE as Lord Stirling

Writer: Leon Garfield / Director: Renny Rye

UK / BBC One / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 12 March – 16 April 1986