In Northern England in the early 1960s, Frank Machin is mean, tough and ambitious enough to become an immediate star in the rugby league team run by local employer Weaver. Machin lodges with Mrs Hammond, whose husband was killed in an accident at Weaver's, but his impulsive and angry nature stop him from being able to reach her as he would like. He becomes increasingly frustrated with his situation, and this is not helped by the more straightforward enticements of Mrs Weaver. Written by
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Did You Know?
was a serious rugby player in real life, but of the union variety. He came from Limerick, sometimes called "the rugby capital of Ireland" and played for Garryowen FC, as well as various junior sides. He remained a fan of the Munster team his entire life, and used to go and watch matches with Peter O'Toole
and Richard Burton
. Unlike rugby league, up until the 1990s, the union code was strictly amateur, so Harris would not have been paid as Machin is. See more
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Referenced in Doctor Who: Origins
Walking Back to Happiness
Written by John Schroeder
and Mike Hawker
Performed by Kim Leslie
Backed by Tommy Fisher and the Mis-Fits See more