The misadventures of an unsuccessful playwright, who is forced to make ends meet by writing screenplays which no-one ever seems to want to make into films (unless they're very bad).
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1979   1977  

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 Gordon Maple (12 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 Mabel Maple (12 episodes, 1977-1979)
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 Tom Lawrence (12 episodes, 1977-1979)
Claire Walker ...
 Kate Maple (12 episodes, 1977-1979)
Ron Emslie ...
 Wilfred Maple (11 episodes, 1977-1979)
Daphne Heard ...
 Mrs. Field (11 episodes, 1977-1979)
Renny Lister ...
 Jenny Lawrence (8 episodes, 1977-1979)
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The misadventures of an unsuccessful playwright, who is forced to make ends meet by writing screenplays which no-one ever seems to want to make into films (unless they're very bad).

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18 April 1977 (UK)  »

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(6 episodes)
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Many people believed that this comedy series was inspired by writer Charles Wood's own adventures as a busy scriptwriter in films from the mid-60s on, and that he was himself the inspiration for the character of "Gordon Maple". See more »

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The recordings do exist.
16 May 2005 | by (Oxford, England) – See all my reviews

The recordings of this series do exist and I believe they are in the archives of York University. In spite of the wonderful performances by George Cole and Gwen Watford the BBC didn't like this series at all for some reason best known to them. They played the usual trick of putting the second series out later and later at night - why they play this game is beyond me but play it they do once it has been decided, presumably by the Drama Controller (if there is such a thing) that they wish to be disassociated. I doubt if anything can be done about getting them to change their minds and show it again and it would probably not find favour with present day audiences. Perhaps the University of York could do a special showing but I think it is unlikely for copyright reasons. It would in itself make a very good episode. Of course Gordon Maple (George Cole) would find that he was refused admission while his friend would be a guest of honour.


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