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The Greater Good (BBC Drama, Bernard Levin)



One off drama The Greater Good, written by Wolf Rilla, was set in the near future of 1978. Sir Gerald Woodcroft is Prime Minister of the National Government with a strong Law and Order agenda. The British population is now under heavy restrictive measures of what they can and can’t do and a new random 14 day detention law has been introduced.

The Greater Good was actually a mixture of moments from a supposed discussion show called The World in View and stories of the people caught up in this new Britain.

Cast: Bernard Levin (Panellist), John Braine (Panellist), James Cameron (Panellist), The Right Honourable Jo Grimond M.P. (Panellist), Professor Maurice Peston (Panellist), Peregrine Worsthorne (Panellist), Anthony Hall (Tourist Board Official), Nicole Shelby (June White), James Marcus (Jim Cullen), Patricia English (Mrs White), Robin Parkinson (Immigration Official), Anthony Doonan (Hotel Receptionist), Owen Holder (Philip Greene), John Ringham (David Cunningham), Sally Home (Elizabeth Cunningham), D’Arcy Conyers (Bill Martin), Jane Sherwin (Edwina Martin), Sean Lynch (George), Victor Brooks (Police Officer), Bill Straiton (Detective), David Healy (Consul), Frederick Bartman (George Fitton), Brian Wilde (Barrister), Frank Duncan (Quentin), Peter Elliott (Hotel Manager), Peter Bennett (Assistant Commissioner), Joyce Latham (Wardress), William Hardcastle (Interviewer)

Writer and Director: Wolf Rilla / Producer: David Conroy / Studio Director: Alex Saward

UK / BBC Two / 1×100 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 16 April 1970 at 9.15pm