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Summer Season

1 9 8 5 (UK)
25 x 55 minute episodes

This anthology of 55-minute plays aired on Thursday nights on BBC2.

The stand-out was arguably “Pity in History” (4/7/85) starring Ian McDiarmid, Norman Rodway and Anna Massey.


Long Term Memory

Build A Little Home was one of Gerald’s (Patrick Troughton) favourite numbers when he used to play the saxophone. His son Peter plays the guitar but Gerald wouldn’t know about that as he walked out on his wife and children 21 years ago when he lost his memory.

Now illness brings him face to face with the future and he wants a reunion. His wife, Joan (Pat Heywood) and the family aren’t so sure.

“With a thousand little stars, we will decorate the ceiling,
With an optimistic feeling, we will build a little home”

Gerald
Patrick Troughton
Joan
Pat Heywood
Doctor Lawrence
John Normington
Matron
Doreen Mantle
Peter
Robert Glenister
Cheryl
Vicky Ogden
Ronnie
John Bott
Robin
Gilly Coman
Dave
G.B. Zoot Money
Phil
Tim Whitnall


Rachel and the Roarettes

The Roarettes are a 20th-century gang of women bikers led by dazzling, androgynous Rachel (Josie Lawrence). She walks into a pub, and into the life of Melanie (Susannah Bunyan) who, observing the free lifestyle of the Roarettes, starts questioning her own values and expectations.

She is suddenly faced with the choice of an anarchic, action-packed future or domestic drudgery and marriage to a dull local lad.

Parallels are drawn between the bikers and 18th-century gangs of highwaywomen so that Rachel is framed in the 20th Century for stealing from the pub till, and in the 19th century she is condemned to hang for robbery.

It’s a rollicking fantasy with songs, robberies, motorbikes and stagecoaches.

Rachel
Josie Lawrence
Melanie
Susannah Bunyan
Priest
Norman Beaton
Hero
Karen Crewe
Harold
Alan Ford
Jane
Louise Gold
Judge
James Grout
Eustace
Howard Lew Lewis
Maggie
Terry Neason
Gary
Gary Oldman
Elizabeth
Linda Polan
Belinda
Deborah Poplett
Twerp
Christopher Ryan


Phoebe

Phoebe (Kathryn Pogson) comes straight from a farm and a very religious family to work as a kitchen maid in a girls’ school. It is wartime and the other maid is Stella (Sylvestra Le Touzel), a Londoner whose approach to life is, to say the least, more forthright.

Phoebe
Kathryn Pogson
Stella
Sylvestra Le Touzel
George
Charles Dale
Mr Ruddle
Roger Hume
Alex
Patrina Law
Mrs Ruddle
Penelope Lee
Zeke
Pete Lee-Wilson
Miss Quint
Cherith Mellor
Riva
Lesley O’Donnell
Jill
Anya Phillips
Miss Fenton
Harriet Reynolds
Arthur
Stephen Watson


You’ve Never Slept in Mine

Life in the Assessment Centre is far from easy: all the other girls want to know what you are in for. Shop-lifting? Truanting? Or something far more spectacular?

Miss McCabe
Anne Downie
Debbie
Sheron Houston
Kathy
Michelle Scott
Carole
Angie Murphy
Ruby
Mary Waters
Pat
Louise Higgins
Liz
Kirsty Young
Sarah
Faye Milligan
Anna
Teri Hernon
Miss Miller
Myra McFadyen
Mr Rogers
Alexander West
Miss Kynoch
Nan Forsythe
Debbie’s mother
Donalda Samuel
Debbie’s father
Andrew Barr


Paris

You see them everywhere: dear sweet old ladies; harmless, eccentric – but not always quite what they seem.

Miss McLeod
Jean Anderson
Miss Nesbit
Noel Dyson
Woman in patisserie
Sheila Latimer
French waitress
Susie Maguire
Mrs Black
Eileen McCallum


Picture Friend

It’s Bonfire Night in Manchester and when Sheila Goodwin (June Ritchie) falls off a bus, drunk, in Piccadilly Gardens, and has to spend the night in hospital, memories start to intrude.

Sheila Goodwin
June Ritchie
Ted Goodwin 
Jim Broadbent
Audrey Goodwin
Barbara Ewing
Young Sheila
Jane Hazlegrove
Christine
Janette Beverley
Mrs Gorrie
Sandra Voe
Mr Hancock
Stephen Hancock
Stephen
Matthew Long
Mrs Butterworth
Anna Wing
Night Nurse
Gillian Freedman
Day Nurse
Marianne Di Marko
David
Will Leonard


Pity in History

This marvellous roaring play by Howard Barker is set in a cathedral ravaged by Oliver Cromwell’s troops during the English civil war.

A cook (Ian McDiarmid) dies lengthily and noisily – after being accidentally shot by one of his own comrades – and a Royalist sculptor (Norman Rodway) works to carve his last masterpiece, which is certain to be smashed. And so the play centres on the simultaneous acts of destruction and creation taking place.

Alan Rickman has a bit part as a priest.

Spillman
Paul Dalton
Murgatroyd
Ian McDiarmid
Gaukroger
Norman Rodway
Apps
Patrick Field
Sponge
Roger Frost
Boys
Paul Jesson
Factor
Patrick Malahide
Venables
Anna Massey
Skinner
Ian Mercer
Croop
Alan Rickman
Pool
Stevan Rimkus


Glamour Night

At the local camera club, the men are arriving for a glamour session. The model, June (Charon Bourke) is on her way. Stuffy club chairman George (Rodney Bewes) wants a “nice friendly evening’s photography”. The others have rather different hopes.

The smooth-tongued Bob (Philip Jackson) charms the model into taking off her bikini while George tries to keep order as the leering members forget themselves and their photography.

Written by John Minson.

June (The Model)
Charon Bourke
George 
Rodney Bewes
Bob
Philip Jackson
Malcolm
Reece Dinsdale
Glyn
John Salthouse
Dave 
Nick Wilton


Time Trouble

Tensions between the East and the West escalate and the radio warns that a nuclear war is becoming a distinct possibility.

Liverpudlian Jack Shaughnessy (Michael Angelis) takes his two young sons to London by train. The older of the two boys, 11-year-old Carl (Tony Carney), is a chess prodigy. The younger son, Lee (Anthony Mcinerney) is a normal boy with no interest in chess.

They arrive at a Chess event where visiting Russian Chess Grand Master Krylov (Michael Poole) plays several games simultaneously. Unbeknown to his accompanying KGB escort Krylov is hoping to manufacture an opportunity in which he can defect.

Jack Shaughnessy
Michael Angelis
Carl Shaughnessy
Tony Carney
Lee Shaughnessy
Anthony Mcinerney
Krylov
Michael Poole
Gilly Shaughnessy
Eileen Pollock
Jenny
Janie Booth
Reporter
David Cardy
Robinson
Neil Cunningham
Stoller
Matthew Guinness
Wringer
Ian Lindsay
Carol
Cathy Murphy
Makov
Donald Sumpter
Russian Embassy official
Owen Brenman


Radio Pictures

A play about the rehearsal and recording of a radio play. The director believes “radio is very akin to film, except radio is more visual”. The play within a play is about a Peeping Tom.

Edgar Brimble
Michael Bilton
Dolly McNally
Sheila Burrell
Rory Colquhoun
Dermot Crowley
The Announcer
Jeremy Gittins
Harry Tremlett
Dinsdale Landen
Donna Melchett
Frances Low
Glyn Bryce
Geoffrey Palmer
Valerie Hulton
Jean Rimmer
Jim Finch
Ian Sears
Jim Middleditch
Richard Speight
Jim Dench
David Thewlis
Susana Prine
Frances Tomelty


Maybe Baby

A comic exploration of the pros and cons of bringing a baby into the modern world, featuring not only Jill and Michael, the potential parents, but elephants, dwarf mongooses – and sticklebacks!

All the parts are played by Helen Bourne and author Jack Klaff.

Michael
Jack Klaff
Jill
Helen Bourne


The Dumb Waiter

This two-hander Harold Pinter comedy revolves around two men, Gus (Kenneth Cranham) and Ben (Colin Blakely), killing time in the basement of an abandoned restaurant while waiting for their instructions for a “job” – they pick over snippets in a newspaper and bicker to quell their nerves.

Ben
Colin Blakely
Gus
Kenneth Cranham


One for the Road

“You probably think I’m part of a predictable, long-established pattern; i.e. I chat away, friendly, insouciant . . . while another waits in the wings . . . coiled like a puma”.

“No, no. It’s not quite like that. I run the place. God speaks through me”.

Harold Pinter’s menacing play is a chilling study of the psychology of torture with Alan Bates as Nicholas, the tormentor and Roger Lloyd Pack as Victor, his victim.

Nicholas
Alan Bates
Victor
Roger Lloyd Pack
Gila
Rosie Kerslake
Nicky
Paul Adams


Pythons on the Mountain

John Prothero (Richard Pasco), internationally famous for his witty and iconoclastic TV criticism, treats us to an outrageously comic helping of autobiography, Scenes from a Welsh Adolescence.

John Prothero
Richard Pasco
John, aged 4
Alyn Lewis
John, aged 11
Edward Lewis
John, aged 17
Howard Cooke
Gareth, aged 17
Charles Dale
The Reverend Prothero
Alan David
Mr Watkins
Dudley Jones
Marion
Rhoda Lewis
Kelyth Pritchard
Karen Lucas
Gareth
Tim Wylton


A Still Small Shout

“I always wanted to be what you brought me up to be, what you called a grain of sand in the eye of the world. I wanted to be it so I could feel terror; the terror you feel on a big dipper; the terror you feel when you are starting an affair.”

This spy spoof has John Duttine as Alan Hardacre, the innocent roped in by his old chum from college days to do a bit of spying on the side, with disastrous results.

Kania
Terence Bayler
Merton
Nicholas Day
Alan Hardacre
John Duttine
Conrad Hawker
Nicholas Gecks
Todescu
Milos Kirek
Eleanor
Carol Royle
Prodescu
Granville Saxton
Thompson
Richard Vernon


A Crack in the Ice

A comedy about injustice set in St Petersburg in 1839. The Tsar has tightened up security and mounted a round-the-clock guard at his palace – the Peter and Paul Fortress. Unfortunately for Private Postnikov, he hears the cries of a drowning man and goes to his rescue.

Pte. Postnikov
Timothy Spall
Sergeant Platov
Tony Caunter
General Kokoshin
Michael Bryant
Kokoshin’s aide
Robert Burbage
Lt-Col. Svinin
Freddie Jones
Painter
Peter Postlethwaite
Superintendent of Police
Bryan Pringle
Police constable
Ivan Steward
Prisoner
Tim Barker
Bishop
Peter Bayliss
Hospital orderly
Eric Richard
Peasant
Don Henderson
Captain Miller
Christopher Strauli


Flights

Henry Potter (Donald Gee) is a teacher, and a very good one, but his dream of man-powered flight, and his habit of destroying the odd greenhouse on his test runs, threatens his career. There is also his daughter Ruth (Anna Kipling), who would dearly love to retrieve her bicycle wheels from his flying machine.

Henry Potter
Donald Gee
Joanna Potter
Marion Bailey
Ruth Potter
Anna Kipling
Primrose
Sasha Mitchell
Headmaster
Bert Parnaby
Mrs Moult
Gillian Raine
Alan
Ian Sharp


Tuesday’s Child

Teresa (co-writer Kate Lock) has been on a visit to the Holy Land. When she returns, she goes to Father Doyle (Donal McCann) at confession to confide news of a miracle and his faith is put to the test.

Written by Kate Lock and Terry Johnson.

Teresa
Kate Lock
Father Doyle
Donal McCann


Urban Jungle

Young Home Counties reporter Tristan Hanley (Tim Roth) is now working in Bradford and is told by his proprietor (Roy Kinnear) to get the story on a missing young local prostitute. His trail leads through the undergrowth of the city which, to him, is an alien world.

Tristan Hanley
Tim Roth
Eric Burke
Roy Kinnear
Judy Gibbons
Jacqueline Beatty
Inspector Burton
David Calder
Amazon
Tessa Crockett
Leo Lyon
David Daker
Villmore
Tyrone Huggins
Bone
Anthony Milner
Mandrill
Michael Moor
Maureen Wilde
Kazia Pelka
Dorothy Savage
Anne Raitt
Chimp
David Rappaport
Hoods
John Michaelson
Lloyd Newson
Frank Rozelaar-Green


Broken Homes

Independent pensioner Mrs Malby (Rosamund Greenwood) is not the least bit interested in an offer of domestic or decorating help from pupils at a local school. Tim Wylton plays the teacher who misinterprets her refusal and dispatches his community action quartet to brighten up the old lady’s life.

Mrs Malby
Rosamund Greenwood
Teacher
Tim Wylton
Cora
Janet Behan
Red
Mark Burdis
Ron
Bryan Burdon
Fuzzy
Christopher Karallis
Billo
Steven Mackintosh
May
Julie Sullivan
Mrs King
Lesley Joseph
Mr King
David Swift


Kisses on the Bottom

A saucy comedy for the Bank Holiday about saucy seaside postcards.

Mam
Judy Cornwell
Dad
Peter Benson
Vera
Hetty Baynes
Charlie
Max Hafler
Vicar
Tim Wylton
Jock
Harry Jones


The House on Kirov Street

It is November 1941, and the German Army is sweeping through the Crimea. German officers are billeted in Yalta – some of them in Anton Chekhov’s old house in Kirov Street. The house is now a museum, but it is guarded by Chekhov’s sister for whom the war, like the Revolution before it, is just another unwelcome disturbance.

Irina Nikolayevna
Lysette Anthony
Natalaya Sergeyvena
Sarah Badel
Pelageya
Mona Bruce
Maria Pavlovna
Patience Collier
Major Beckman
Alan Dobie
Lt Kaltz
Rupert Frazer
Sergeant
James Gaddas
Osip Akmatov
Barrie Houghton
Captain Schiller
Maurice O’Connell
Levitan
Keith Rawlings


After You, Hugo

Set in a 1920s music hall, this “play with very few words” was the work of John David who also directed, and Chris Harris and Nola Rae, who also led the cast as Alfonso, the singing Gondolier and Mlle Entrechat the ballerina.

Languishing at the bottom of the bill, neither artiste is enjoying fame or acclaim – but they save the day by conjuring up a stunning new act when the stars fail to show up.

Alfonso
Chris Harris
Mlle Entrechat 
Nola Rae


Portrait of Isa Mulvenny

It is the 1950s: Bill Thompson (Nicholas Farrell) is a middle-class English boy sent by his father to serve an engineering apprenticeship on the Clyde. He lodges with a Greenock family and forms an attachment to his landlady, Mrs Mulvenny (Jennifer Piercey), which is to affect his life for the next 20 years.

Bill Thompson
Nicholas Farrell
Isa Mulvenny
Jennifer Piercey
Andy Mulvenny
Andy Gray
Andrew Mulvenny
David Hayman
Joe Harper
Alex McAvoy
Paterson
Nicholas Sherry
Ella Harper
Julia Wallace
Frank Foget
Jonathan Watson


Reservations

A young couple book a hotel room for a dirty weekend in Tony Marchant’s play.

Linda: When are we going?
Gary: Next Friday.
Linda: Have you booked?
Gary: It’s called making a reservation.
Linda: I feel excited Gal. My stomach feels all funny.
Gary If it feels funny now, wait till next Friday.

Linda
Cassie Stuart
Gary
Perry Fenwick


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