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Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky (BBC Drama, Bryan Dick)



Period drama series Twenty Thousand Streets Under The Sky, based on the novel by Patrick Hamilton, was set in 1930s London and centred around the Midnight Bell pub. Barman Bob falls in love with a young prostitute called Jenny who seems to agrees to anything he wants with regard their future but always lets him down, bleeding his bank balance dry in the process; and less-attractive Ella who also works at the pub and has a secret longing for Bob.

The story is told from the perspectives of these three main characters in turn in the three episodes.

Cast: BRYAN DICK as Bob; SALLY HAWKINS as Ella; ZOE TAPPER as Jenny; TONY HAYGARTH as Governor; JACQUELINE TONG as Governor’s Wife; KELLIE SHIRLEY as Violet; PHIL DAVIS as Ernest Eccles; ANTHONY O’DONNELL as Mr Sounder

Writer: Kevin Elyot / Novel: Patrick Hamilton / Producer: Kate Harwood / Director: Simon Curtis

UK / BBC Four / 3×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 19-21 April 2005