Home Television Drama Gems


1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 6 (UK)
121 x 25 minute episodes

This tragic effort from Thames Television – “showcasing fashions by Jeff Banks” – was full of catwalk models and a nasty pastel 80s logo.

“Gems” was the name of the fashion design company based in Covent Garden – although the exterior face of the Gems shop was actually an old electrical factory in North London – which was managed by the Stone brothers, Alan (Cornelius Garrett) and Stephen (Stuart Fox), whose differences in outlook and temperament meant the business was often in trouble.

The storylines (such as they were) focused on the professional problems and personal lives of the employees of the company.

It really was awful.

Stephen Stone
Stuart Fox
Alan Stone
Cornelius Garrett
James Lesley
George Rudd
Jonty Miller
Natasha Matalon
Shirley Campbell
Margo Cunningham
Oliver Burton
Charles Banks
David Savile
Christina Scott
Anjela Belli
Bob Smith
David Cheesman
Nicholas Howard
Keith Varnier
Cally Johnson
Cindy O’Callaghan
Jean Briggs
Shelley Borkum