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 (Series Cast [10])

James Bolam ... Trevor Chaplin (2 episodes, 1987)

Barbara Flynn ... Jill Swinburne (2 episodes, 1987)
Dudley Sutton ... Mr. Carter (2 episodes, 1987)
Malcolm Storry ... Mr. Peterson (2 episodes, 1987)
Keith Smith ... Mr. Wheeler (2 episodes, 1987)
Beryl Reid ... Sylvia (2 episodes, 1987)
David Battley ... John the Barman / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
Robert Longden ... Mr. Pitt / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
Peter Martin ... Charlie the Gravedigger / ... (2 episodes, 1987)
Judy Brooke ... Yvonne Fairweather (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Directed by
Brian Parker (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Writing credits
Alan Plater (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
David Cunliffe .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Michael Glynn .... producer (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Original Music by
Frank Ricotti (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Cinematography by
Peter Jackson (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
David Aspinall (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Casting by
Malcolm Drury (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Production Design by
Peter Kindred (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Costume Design by
Brian Castle (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Makeup Department
Di Lofthouse .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Production Management
Ian Ferguson .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Mary Owen .... unit manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Art Department
Christine Normanton .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1987)
Stuart Pearson .... graphic artist (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Sound Department
Barrie Box .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1987)
Terry Cavagin .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Stunts
Roy Alon .... stunt double (1 episode, 1987)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Alan Harbour .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1987)
Darren Miller .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1987)
John G. Rogers .... chargehand electrician (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Music Department
Kenny Baker .... musician: cornet solo (2 episodes, 1987)
Allan Ganley .... musician: drums (2 episodes, 1987)
Paul Hart .... musician: violin (2 episodes, 1987)
Dave Hartley .... musician: piano (2 episodes, 1987)
Chris Laurence .... musician: double bass (2 episodes, 1987)
Don Lusher .... musician: trombone (2 episodes, 1987)
Stan Sulzmann .... musician: tenor saxophone (2 episodes, 1987)
Les Thatcher .... musician: guitar and banjo (2 episodes, 1987)
Dave Willis .... musician: bass saxophone (2 episodes, 1987)
Roy Willox .... musician: c melody saxophone (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Other crew
Keith Ansell .... stage manager (2 episodes, 1987)
Pat Brown .... production associate (2 episodes, 1987)
Ian Morley .... unit assistant (2 episodes, 1987)
Patricia Robertshaw .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1987)
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151 min (3 parts)

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The music was played by Don Lusher (trombone), Roy Willox (melody saxophone), Stan Sulzmann (tenor saxophone), Dave Willis (bass saxophone), Paul Hart (violin), Les Thatcher (guitar and banjo), Dave Hartley (piano), Chris Laurence (double bass), Allan Ganley (drums), Kenny Baker (cornet) and Frank Ricotti (vibes).See more »
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Barbara Flynn, 9 January 2005
Author: Drew McFarlane Slack from Scotland

It is interesting that Barbara Flynn starred in two of the best pieces of British TV drama in the 1980's and 1990's. She played a critical role in both Biederbeck series and in Cracker, two seminal pieces that will remain powerful for as long as there are machines in your living room capable of reproducing them. Yes Robbie Coltrane and James Bolam drove both pieces, and Jimmy McGovern and Alan Plater's writing deserve all the credit due them, but Barbara Flynn was in both and each time produced performances that would not be outshone. In Biederbeck, Flynn had more input and so is the better representation of her talents, but in Cracker, despite the smaller role, she is still able to hold her own in superb company. I recommend both to you reader and watch her in everything she does, she is so good.

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