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William Lucas obituary

17 July 2016 8:30 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Actor who played Dr Gordon in the 1970s screen phenomenon of The Adventures of Black Beauty

William Lucas, who has died aged 91, was already a veteran television actor before he played Dr Gordon in The Adventures of Black Beauty (1972-74). In a three-channel age, the programme became essential Sunday-teatime viewing for many families and regularly appeared in the weekly Top 20 TV ratings with stories that were a continuation, rather than an adaptation, of those in Anna Sewell’s best-selling 19th-century novel.

Lucas and his co-stars – Judi Bowker and Roderick Shaw as the doctor’s children, Vicky and Kevin, and Charlotte Mitchell as his loyal housekeeper, Amy Winthrop – found themselves part of a screen phenomenon that owed much to writers such as Ted Willis and Richard Carpenter. Denis King’s Galloping Home theme tune evoked childhood memories that led to it being heard over future decades in other programmes – perhaps most memorably in Absolutely Fabulous, »

- Anthony Hayward

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