Play for Today: Season 8, Episode 15

Destiny (31 Jan. 1978)

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A small town shopkeeper is conned into standing for an extreme right-wing party at a bye-election and later discovers his financed by the corporation that has dispossessed him of his business.

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Colin Jeavons ...
Dennis Turner
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Richard Cleaver
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Major Lewis Rolfe
Peter Jeffrey ...
Frank Kershaw
Joseph Blatchley ...
David Maxwell
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Paul McShane
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Gurjeet Singh Khera
David Beames ...
Tony Perrins
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Peter Crosby
John Price ...
Bob Clifton
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Sandy Clifton
Frederick Treves ...
Colonel Chandler
Ursula Howells ...
Sarah Chandler
Rosalie Crutchley ...
Mrs. Howard
Annie Hayes ...
Liz
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A play concerning the rise of British fascism in the '60s and '70s Although it begins in India during the final moments of the Raj, it mainly deals with events around a picket by Asian factory workers in the fictional West Midlands borough of Taddley. In India bluff-but-agreeable Colonel Chandler, and the rather more hard-nosed Major Rolfe and Sergeant Turner - berate, to varying degrees, manservant Khera. Moving forward through the '60s to the present day, we see the various fortunes of these men on their return to England - the Colonel becomes Tory MP for Taddley, and on his death his nephew Peter Crosby is to stand for election in the same seat, his politics very much of the Heathite, progressive conservative school. Rolfe, meanwhile, his defeated rival for Tory candidacy, is far more to the right in his views, and feels both socialism and wet Toryism have betrayed the lower-middle classes. Both have dealings with mysterious banker Frank Kershaw. Turner, for his part, sets up a ... Written by Epigraph55

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