1 9 7 2 – 1 9 7 3 (UK)
39 x 30 minute episodes
A religious drama series from Granada in which middle-aged Church of Scotland minister Andrew Smith (Andrew Keir) – whose parish is in the small (fictional) country town of Lammerton (actually filmed in Gifford, 19 miles east of Edinburgh) – questions the purpose of his local ministry following his wife’s death of incurable and painful cancer.
Storylines ranged from problems of broken marriages, adultery and bad housing to the morality of suffering, pain and the finality of death. Some of the writers came from Granada’s A Family at War.
The series aired on Sunday evenings in the so-called “closed period” traditionally reserved for religious programming.
Janet Munro – who played Elizabeth Crichton – died of Ischaemic heart disease during the making of this series. She was just 38.
Dr Andrew Calvi
Reverend Dr Rennie