CLASSIC TV organisation Kaleidoscope has announced details of its next event, due to be held in September.
Confirmed guests for the occasion, taking place on Saturday, September 5th, 12pm – 7pm, are playwright Peter Terson and musical director/actress Gillian Brown.
The full schedule is as follows:
THE MAIN ROOM
* 12:00 pm Westward opening start up film
* 12:10 pm Dixon of Dock Green – “Baubles, Bangles and Beads” – Jack Warner stars in an episode of Ted Willis’ classic police series, also featuring Brian Glover.
* 1:00 pm Galton and Simpson Comedy – “The Suit” – Television’s most famous comedy writing partnership pen the script for a cast headed by Leslie Phillips and Bill Oddie.
* 1:30 pm Man of Destiny – the sole surviving footage (the final reel) of this very early ITV play dating from February 1956. Previously presumed lost, it was located by our very own Simon Coward in 2008. An adaptation of a George Bernard Shaw play, it features James Donald, Elizabeth Sellars and George Coulouris.
* 1:45pm Rediffusion continuity – a compilation of interesting continuity items found on the front of a BBC film print of ITN’s coverage of the 1966 General Election.
followed by Break
* 2:00 pm Guest Panel – Gillian Brown and Peter Terson in Conversation. Peter Terson, like Arnold Wesker, John Osborne, Harold Pinter, and others, is a playwright who has emerged from Britain’s fertile working class. But unlike some works of these playwrights, his own plays continue to reflect and draw sustenance from this heritage. Through their language and characters, his dramas depict man’s isolation from the land and from his work. And whether the picture be of Mooney, a hapless factory worker trying to make a go of it in the country; or of Church, an office worker with plastic gnomes in his front yard, who is drawn to the mystical call of a country reservoir; or of the young tough Bagley, an apprentice whose vitality is sapped by the demeaning rigors and rituals of his work, Terson imbues his characters with a kind of colloquial relevance (and oftentimes delightful eccentricity) that never loses touch with the sources of work and class from which the writer sprang. Gillian Brown was Terson’s musical director and a key actress in many of his plays.
* 4:00 pm Afternoon Tea
* 4:30 pm Out of Town – a missing edition of the long-running series on rural life, presented by Jack Hargreaves.
* 5:00 pm The Masterspy – William Franklyn and the late Clement Freud star in the classic mystery quiz game, the only edition that survives on original Quad tape (TX: 14/07/1979).
* 5:45 pm Chance in a Million – the untransmitted pilot of the well remembered sitcom which made Simon Callow and Brenda Blethyn household names. Written by Andrew Norriss and Richard Fegen.
* 6:20 pm The Losers – “All Down in Black and White” – the great Leonard Rossiter stars in one of his lesser known roles, also featuring Alfred Molina.
* 6:45 pm Thank You and Goodnight – Spike Milligan reads a closedown thought for the end of an evening.
SECOND VIEWING AREA
The Work of Peter Terson
* 12:00 pm Village Hall – “Dancing in the Dark” – seventies anthology series of tales set in a village hall. This episode from the first series stars John Fraser and Mary Morris.
* 1:00 pm Lost Yer Tongue? – this television adaptation of Terson’s 1974 play was directed by Mike Newell.
* 2:00 pm Play for Today – “The Fishing Party”. Terson’s famous 1972 play about miners on a day out to go sea fishing stars Brian Glover, was produced by David Rose and directed by former Kaleidoscope guest Michael Simpson.
* 3:15 pm Talent – Victoria Wood’s 1978 comedy with songs is to be revived on stage in London later this year. As well as Wood and her long-time collaborator Julie Walters, this television version features Coronation Street’s Bill Waddington and The Bill’s Kevin Lloyd and Peter Ellis.
* 4:30 pm But Fred, Freud is Dead – What Fred Evans doesn’t know, he’s read a book about. So how did he go so wrong? Starring David Swift and Pat Heywood.
* 5:45 pm The Samaritan – a television adaptation of Terson’s play starring Tom Bell, Martin Jarvis and Kenneth Cranham.
* 7:00 pm Closedown
The event is being held in the Amblecote Room, Stourbridge Town Hall, Crown Centre, Stourbridge, West Midlands, DY8 1YE. Admission is free, but donations to Kaleidoscope’s chosen cause for 2009 – the Royal National Lifeboat Institution – are encouraged.
N.B. All material at Kaleidoscope events is screened with the permission of the copyright holders. Programmes and timings may be subject to change before the day. Guests appear subject to professional and personal commitments.
Full details of this event and Kaleidoscope’s other activities can be found on their website.