Looking For Clancy (BBC-2 1975, Robert Powell, Keith Drinkel)

Period drama Looking For Clancy saw tabloid journalist Frank Clancy look back over his life following the suicide of his best friend Dick Holt.

The pair had grown up together in the East London suburb of Hoxton in the early part of the 20th century – both Clancy and Holt are determined to become Fleet Street journalists. Clancy though is willing to forgo all his principles to reach the top.

Over the course of the five part drama we discover that Clancy’s behavior could well have been the catalyst for Holt’s suicide.

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Based on a novel by Frederic Mullally Looking For Clancy offered a strong lead role for Robert Powell.

production details
UK / BBC Two / 5×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 May – 21 June 1975

Writer: Jack Pulman / Novel: Frederic Mullally / Producer: Richard Beynon / Director: Bill Hays

Robert Powell as Frank Clancy
Keith Drinkel as Dick Holt
Eileen Helsby as Lucy Caldwell
John Blythe as Ted Shatto
Barbara Young as Eileen Clancy
John Junkin as Jim Clancy
Rosemary Martin as Aunt Rita
T.P. McKenna as Marcus Selby
James Grout as Dai Owen
Catherine Schell as Penny Clancy
Jan Francis as Deidre Clancy
Candace Glendenning as Wendy
Madhav Sharma as Sudhas Singh
Bunny May as Bernard Lewis

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