The Wednesday Play Season Five
Season five was produced by Peter Luke except for Photo Finish which was produced by Bernard Hepton and A Peice Of Resistance which was produced by Cedric Messina.
Synopsis : Paul Rogers appears as an eighty-year-old man who is able to see his former self at the ages of twenty, forty and sixty.
Cast : Paul Rogers (Sam), Robert Brown (Sam Sixty), James Maxwell (Sam Forty), Simon Prebble (Sam Twenty), Peter Ashmore (Reginald Kinsale), Barbara Couper (Stella Eighty / Agnes Kinsale), Daphne Slater (Stella Forty), Meg Wynn Owen (Stella Twenty / Alice Montego), Priscilla Morgan (Clarice / Ada) and Michael Bates (Tommy).
Notes & Trivia : This episode had a running time of seventy-five minutes and was transmitted from 9:05pm to 10:20pm.
Music for this episode was composed by Norman Kay.
This episode was a repeat transmission of a play previously transmitted on BBC-2.
: A Hero Of Our Time - Alan Bates
stars as a young Russian officer in tonight's play: An obscure watering-place
somewhere in the Caucasian mountains whose patrons form a snobbish clique
which talks, back-bites, achieves nothing. A smell of futility over
Publicity : Ben Howard, Tom Adams and Griffith Davies appear in tonight's play by television personality Dan Farson - The Frighteners: Only a few miles of London streets separate Chelsea and Limehouse, but socially and culturally they are worlds apart.
Tonight's play tells of one man who tries to cross from one side to the other. James Henderson from Chelsea sets up house in the East End. He converts an old warehouse into a rather posh home. But his first night out among the natives ends in disaster. He hears a cry for help and rushes to assist a man who is being beaten up by a gang. James ends up with a black eye and minus a wallet. The gang of petty criminals - "The Frighteners" - now have his money, his home and office address, and a photograph of Jill, the girlfriend who hates her fiance's romantic excursion into the East End. They also find an invitation to a "Bring-who-you-like" party in Chelsea.
Tonight's play - first shown in July 1965 - was the first writing effort by television personality Daniel Farson. Farson himself flirted with the East End and in fact bought a pub there. He has lived in Limehouse for some years. He says that unintentional caricature is one of the commonest pitfalls when outsides write about the East End. To guard against this his friend Alan King, born and bred in Limehouse, acted as adviser and the dialogue was carefully vetted for authenticity. (Radio Times, October 6, 1966).
Cast : Tom Adams (Al), Griffith Davies (Brian), Ben Howard (Rod), George Sewell (The Barman), Frank Jarvis (Dennis), Michael Johnson (James), Norma West (Jill), Kevin Bennett (Teddy), Jezebel (Wodehouse The Dog), Mark Kingston (Morrie), Helen Cotterill (Rene), Richard Klee (The Landlord), Andrea Lawrence (The Barmaid), Katy Greenwood (Doreen), June Murphy (Mary), Elisabeth Murray (Pamela), Danvers Walker (Christopher), Peter Ducrow (The Detective), Perin Lewis (Borden), James Prescott (Harry), Perin Lewis (Miss Hill), Hilda Fenemore (Mrs Mollins), Irish Johnson and Dennis Smith (The Singers), Pete Patrick (The Drummer), Harry Groombridge (The Double-Bass Player) and Norton York (The Pianist).
Notes & Trivia : This episode had a running time of seventy minutes and was transmitted from 9:05pm to 10:15pm.
This episode was first transmitted on July 8th, 1965, as part of the Londoners series of plays first presented on BBC-2. This play was the third and final extract from this series to be re-screened as part of The Wednesday Play.
Publicity : James Villiers, William Kendall, Frederick Jaeger, Lally Bowers, and Jacqueline Ellis are in tonight's play, A Piece Of Resistance: How the British would have stood up to a German occupation during the last war is an intriguing question to which a number of answers have been attempted. In fact one small portion of the United Kingdom was occupied - the Channel Islands - and it is on one of them that Terence Dudley has set A Piece Of Resistance.
As the title indicates, this is not another cloak-and-dagger epic, but a look at the sillier aspects of war in a situation where you are close enough to your enemies to discover that some of them are quite nice. Colonel Barraclough, Indian Army, Retired, is enduring German occupation of the island more or less passively along with his wife and daughter. Their household is disrupted, however, by the arrival of a German officer who is both pleasantly civilised and susceptible to the daughter's charms. Farcical complications soon develop. (Radio Times, October 13, 1966).
Cast : Lally Bowers (Mrs Barraclough), William Kendall (Lieutenant-Colonel Barraclough), Frederick Jaeger (Ober-Lieutenant von Chemnitz), James Villiers (Lieutenant-Commander Paul Williams), William Holmes (Sergeant Sydney Hubbard), Gerald Cross (Carl), Michael Craze (Ernst), Jacqueline Ellis (Anne Barraclough), Gabor Barakbe (Unter Offizier Frederick Fishcer), Patricia Healby (Jane Deane), Endre Muller (Hans Koperwas), Bernard Kelly (Philip Pichon), Stuart Hibberd and Frank Phillips (The Newsreaders).
Notes & Trivia : This episode had a running time of seventy-eight minutes and was transmitted from 9:40pm to 10:58pm.
Please note synopsis are taken from the original Radio Times listings for the day of transmission.