IN PICTURES: TV dramas we have loved and lost

Remember Triangle, the Brothers or Telford's Change? They were all hits in their day.

Thursday, 14th March 2019, 11:50 am
Updated Thursday, 14th March 2019, 11:58 am
Telford's Change was a 1979 BBC television series by Brian Clark which starred Peter Barkworth, Hannah Gordon and Keith Barron. Barkworth played a bank manager, Mark Telford, who took a backward step in his career in order to retreat from the rat race. He relinquished his job in international banking and became a local branch manager in Dover. Telford's wife Laura (played by Hannah Gordon) and son Peter (Michael Maloney) remained in London. Keith Barron played Tim Hart, Laura's theatrical colleague who was keen to have an affair with her, and with whom she did have a brief liaison. In order to win back his wife, Telford gave up the Dover job and returned to international banking.

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Keith Barron, Paul Daneman and Nanette Newman starred in this Yorkshire-set bedhopper. It was Keith Barron who nicknamed it 'Dallas of the Dales'.
Helen - A Woman of Today starred Alison Fiske in the title role of a wife and mum who divorced her husband and father of her two children. Her husband was played by Martin Shaw. It was first screened in 1973 and ran for 13 episodes.
Triangle was a BBC Television soap opera broadcast in the early 1980s, set aboard a North Sea ferry which sailed from Felixstowe to Gothenburg and Gothenburg to Amsterdam. It starred Michael Craig, Kate O'Mara and Larry Lamb.
Long before Prisoner Cell Block H and Bad Girls came Within These Walls. It was made by London Weekend Television for ITV and shown between 1974 and 1978. It portrayed life in HMP Stone Park, a fictional women's prison. The gorgeous Googie Withers played genteel governor Faye Boswell and episodes revolved around her attempts to liberalise the prison regime while managing her personal life at home. Another prominent character was her Chief Officer, Mrs. Armitage (Mona Bruce). Googie Withers left after three series; in Series Four her character was replaced as governor by Helen Forrester (Katharine Blake), who in turn left to be replaced in the final Series Five by Susan Marshall (Sarah Lawson).
The Brothers was a British television series, produced and shown by the BBC between 1972 and 1976. Debuting with the death of road haulage magnate Robert Hammond, the series followed the trials and tribulations of the company and family/families he left behind, with equal shares in Hammond Transport Services left to each of his three sons and to his secretary (who was revealed to have been Hammond's mistress and the mother of his illegitimate daughter). The series was based around conflict within the Hammond family over the direction of the family firm, a London-based road haulage business called Hammond Transport Services, after the death of patriarch Robert Hammond. The eldest son, Edward (played by Glyn Owen during the first series and by Patrick O'Connell for the remainder of the show's run), prepares to take over the running of the business, only to find that his father has left equal shares to his two other sons, Brian (Richard Easton), a dull accountant and David (Robin Chadwick), a young graduate - and to his mistress and secretary Jennifer Kingsley (Jennifer Wilson). Storylines throughout the series dealt with plans to expand the business into an international concern, coupled with more family-orientated plots as Edward and Jennifer fall in love and marry. Other prominent characters included Robert Hammond's hard-faced widow and the mother of the three brothers, Mary (Jean Anderson), who is determined to continue exercising her own influence over her family, Brian's shrewish wife Ann (Hilary Tindall) and David's girlfriend then wife Jill (Gabrielle Drake).
Take Me Home Take Me Home was a British television drama series that originally aired from 216 May 1989. The show starred Keith Barron, Maggie O'Neill, Reece Dinsdale, and Annette Crosbie. The lead character, Kathy, was one of the first television roles for actress Maggie O'Neill. Reece Dinsdale was also known for his role opposite John Thaw in the comedy Home to Roost It was made when Yuppy-dom was at its height. Kathy was a lonely young woman who moved to an extended Midlands town. The fictional industrial town was experiencing major transformation, including residential development, roads, and an advanced computer technology centre (relevant to the era of the broadcast). Kathy encounters a local taxi driver, Tom, who is driven by his passion for engineering and the infusion of technology in the town. Kathy and Tom begin to meet secretly, behind their respective partners' backs. It all gets very messy when Tom is persuaded to leave his wife played by Crosbie.
A Bit of a Do was a British comedy-drama series based on the books by David Nobbs, one of the best comedy writers of all time. The show starred David Jason and Gwen Taylor as husband and wife Ted and Rita Simcock. One of their sons, Paul, was played by David Thewlis. The show was set in a fictional Yorkshire town. Each episode took place at a different social function - including weddings, a christening, an anglers' club supper, a dentist's dinner dance and Miss Frozen Chicken UK contest. It followed the changing lives of two families, the working-class Simcocks (David Jason, Gwen Taylor, David Thewlis and Wayne Foskett) and the middle-class Rodenhursts (Nicola Pagett, Paul Chapman, Sarah-Jane Holm and Nigel Hastings), together with their respective friends, Rodney and Betty Sillitoe (Tim Wylton and Stephanie Cole), and Neville Badger (Michael Jayston). The series began with the wedding of Ted and Rita Simcock's son Paul to Laurence and Liz Rodenhurst's daughter Jenny; an event at which Ted and Liz begin an affair. The subsequent fallout from this affair formed the basis for most of the first series.
Upstairs, Downstairs was a British television drama series produced by London Weekend Television/ It ran for 68 episodes divided into five series on ITV from 1971 to 1975. Set in a large townhouse in Belgravia in central London, the series depicts the servants"downstairs"and their masters, the family"upstairs"between the years 1903 and 1930, and showed the slow decline of the British aristocracy. Great events featured prominently in each episode but minor or gradual changes were also noted. The show stands as a document of the social and technological changes that occurred between those 27 years, including the Edwardian period, women's suffrage, the First World War, the Roaring Twenties, and the Wall Street Crash. Among its stars were Jean Marsh, who with Eileen Atkins created the series, Gordon Jackson, Nicola Pagett, Simon Williams, Pauline Collins, John Alderton, Christopher Beeny and Hannah Gordon.
Big Deal is a British comedy-drama television series originally broadcast by the BBC between 1984 and 1986. The series was created and written by Geoff McQueen, who created several other major television series including Give Us a Break, Stay Lucky, and The Bill. Starring Ray Brooks, Sharon Duce and Lisa Geoghan, the series concentrated on the ups and downs of small-time London gambler Robbie Box (played by Brooks) and the effect that his poker addiction has on his long suffering girlfriend Jan Oliver (Duce) and her daughter Debby (Geoghan). The theme music was by Bucks Fizz member Bobby G.
September Song was a British bittersweet comedy-drama series, originally broadcast on ITV channel. The drama unfolded over three series broadcast from 1 March 1993 to 21 March 1995. It was a role reversal for its two stars comedian Russ Abbot and actor Michael Williams. Russ Abbot played recently widowed ex-teacher Ted Fenwick, opposite Michael Williams as Billy Balsam, an old-school comedian and performer and longtime friend of Ted. The first series was set in Blackpool.
The House of Eliott was a British television series produced and broadcast by the BBC in three series between 1991 and 1994. The series starred Stella Gonet as Beatrice Eliott and Louise Lombard as Evangeline Eliott, two sisters in 1920s London who establish a dressmaking business and eventually their own haute couture fashion house, and Aden Gillett as photographer and film maker Jack Maddox. It was created by Jean Marsh and Eileen Atkins, who had previously devised Upstairs, Downstairs.
Justice was a British drama television series that originally aired on ITV in 39 hour-long episodes between 8 August 1971 and 16 October 1974. Margaret Lockwood starred as Harriet Peterson, a female barrister in the North of England. It was made by Yorkshire Television and was based loosely on Justice Is a Woman, an episode of ITV Playhouse broadcast in 1969 in which Lockwood had previously also played a barrister. Lockwood had enjoyed an illustrious film career, largely with Gainsborough Pictures, in such movies as Wicked Lady with James Mason and The Man in Grey again with Mason and co-starring Phyllis Calvert and Stewart Granger
Kate was a British drama television series which originally aired on ITV in 38 episodes between 6 January 1970 and 29 November 1972. It starred Phyllis Calvert in the role of an agony aunt who becomes personally drawn into the problems of the people who send letters to her. It also starred Penelope Keith and Jack Hedley. Like Margaret Lockwood, who starred in Justice, Clavert had enjoyed a film career including roles in The Man in Grey, Fanny By Gaslight and the Root of All Evil, often shown on Talking Pictures.
The Forsyte Saga was a 1967 BBC television adaptation of John Galsworthy's series of The Forsyte Saga novels. The series follows the fortunes of the upper middle class Forsyte family, and starred Eric Porter as Soames, Kenneth More as Young Jolyon and Nyree Dawn Porter as Irene. Eric Porter made a memorable appearance on a Morecambe and Wise Christmas special.
Clayhanger was a 1970s ITV costume drama series based on the novels by Arnold Bennett. Set in the Staffordshire Potteries in the late 19th century, the series starred Peter McEnery as Edwin Clayhanger, who leaves school dreaming of becoming an architect. But expectation weighs heavily upon him, and it is anticipated that Edwin will join the family's printing business, built up from scratch by his father Darius (Harry Andrews). The coming-of-age story follows Edwin as he takes over the running of the family business and falls in love with the beautiful, headstrong Hilda Lessways (Janet Suzman).
South Riding was a novel by East Riding-born Winifred Holtby and was published in 1937. This Yorkshire set saga was clearly wonderful TV material but it wasnt until 1974 that it reached the box in the corner. This 13 episode series, which was adapted by the brilliant Stan Barstow. The wonderful Dorothy Tutin headlines as Sarah Burton who rises to become headmistress of a girls school in the Yorkshire coastal town of Kiplington and finds not only love (with a married Tory landowner no less, Nigel Davenport as Robert Carne) but also a major reason for her being in battling the injustices which are rife in the district. Judi Bowker played Crane's troubled daughter Midge. South Riding was given a reboot in 2011 with Anna Maxwell Martin as Sarah. North Riding, East Riding and West Riding are the real parts of Yorkshire, a riding being a third part of an area. A South Riding therefore could never have existed, but was created by Winifred Holtby to cover the East Riding south of Flamborough (Hardrashead) and east of Hull (Kingsport). The main town in the story, Kiplington, is a hybrid of Withernsea and Hornsea.