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The Rotters’ Club (BBC Comedy Drama, Kevin Doyle)

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The Rotters’ Club told the story of three schoolmates and their families growing up in 1970s Birmingham. In particular Ben Trotter (who’s nickname provides the title) and his efforts to gain the affections of school beauty Cicely Boyd.

Cast: Geoff Breton (Ben Trotter), Kevin Doyle (Colin Trotter), Rebecca Front (Sheila Trotter), Alice O’Connell (Lois Trotter), Alice Eve (Cicely Boyd), Rafe Spall (Sean Harding), Elizabeth Berrington (Irene Anderton), Hugo Speer (Bill Anderton), Julian Rhind-Tutt (Nigel Plumb), Mark Williams (Sam Williams), Nicholas Shaw (Doug Anderton), Rasmus Hardiker (Philip Chase), Sarah Lancashire (Barbara Chase), Christine Tremarco, Peter Bankolé (Steve Richards), Tony Haygarth, Henry Lloyd-Hughes, Olivia Poulet, Cara Horgan (Claire Newman), Roderick Smith (Donald Newman), Sebastian Harding (Paul Trotter)

Writers: Dick Clement, Ian La Frenais / Book: Jonathan Coe / Producer: Chrissy Skinns / Director: Tony Smith

UK / BBC Two / 3×60 minute episodes / started 26 January 2005