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Cast

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Norman Rodway ... Charles (19 episodes, 1987-1989)
Barbara Murray ... Lydia (19 episodes, 1987-1989)
Belinda Lang ... Martha (19 episodes, 1987-1989)
George Winter ... Thomas (19 episodes, 1987-1989)
Tim Wylton ... Sutton (19 episodes, 1987-1989)
David Yelland ... Edwin (18 episodes, 1987-1989)

Rebecca Lacey ... Emily (18 episodes, 1987-1989)
Billy Boyle ... Hegarty (16 episodes, 1987-1989)
Rhoda Lewis ... Flora (13 episodes, 1987)
Janet Maw ... Jean Lacy (9 episodes, 1987)
Sally Cookson ... Perdita / ... (8 episodes, 1987-1989)
Charles Collingwood ... John Caldwell (8 episodes, 1987)
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Series Directed by
Ronald Wilson (5 episodes, 1987)
David Reynolds (4 episodes, 1987)
John Bruce (2 episodes, 1987)

Baz Taylor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Rosemary Anne Sisson (13 episodes, 1987-1988)
Frank Marshall (12 episodes, 1987-1988)
Herb Schmerz (11 episodes, 1987)
Bill Craig (4 episodes, 1987-1988)
Stanley Price (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Alan Clews (3 episodes, 1987-1988)
Maurice Gran (2 episodes, 1987)
Laurence Marks (2 episodes, 1987)

Series Produced by
Tony Charles .... producer (11 episodes, 1987)
Ted Childs .... executive producer (11 episodes, 1987)
Frank Marshall .... executive producer (11 episodes, 1987)
Sarah Wilson .... associate producer (11 episodes, 1987)
Colin Callender .... executive producer (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Original Music by
David Cullen (11 episodes, 1987)
David Mackay (11 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Casting by
Barry Ford (11 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Production Design by
Jeff Tessler (11 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Costume Design by
Val Metheringham (11 episodes, 1987)
Stuart Currell (3 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Makeup Department
Sandy Staples .... makeup artist (8 episodes, 1987)
Anne-Lise Domeisen .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Art Department
Richard Booth .... design assistant (11 episodes, 1987)
Derek Leigh .... production buyer (11 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Sound Department
Richard Knight .... sound (11 episodes, 1987)
Jonathan Glazier .... sound (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Endel Beinlo .... vision controller (11 episodes, 1987)
Keith Reed .... lighting (11 episodes, 1987)
Geoff Joyce .... camera operator (6 episodes, 1987)
Dennis Bartlett .... camera operator (5 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Editorial Department
John Hawkins .... editor: videotape (11 episodes, 1987)
Tracy Myers .... vision mixer (7 episodes, 1987)
Mo Willshire .... vision mixer (4 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Other crew
David Beeson .... titles (11 episodes, 1987)
Melvyn Jones .... stage manager (11 episodes, 1987)
David McDonald .... floor manager (11 episodes, 1987)
Sara Paul .... stage manager (11 episodes, 1987)
Doreen Poirrier .... location administrator (11 episodes, 1987)
Christopher Venning .... script editor (11 episodes, 1987)
Kate Davenport .... production secretary (9 episodes, 1987)
Liz Hetherington .... researcher (9 episodes, 1987)
Judith Gales .... production assistant (6 episodes, 1987)
Susan Foreman .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1987)
Carole Orchard .... production secretary (2 episodes, 1987)
 
Series Thanks
Joan Wilson .... in memory of (11 episodes, 1987)
 

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60 min | 90 min (1 episode) | 54 min (16 episodes)
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Marvelous, 13 May 2014
Author: drednm from United States

This British series ran on PBS in the late '80s and stars Barbara Murray and Norman Rodway as Lydia and Charles Brett, theatre stars in London in the 1920s and 30s. Indeed, their whole family is involved in theatre and includes outrageous Martha (Belinda Lang), sullen Edwin (David Yelland), serious Tom the writer (George Winter), and young Perdita (Sally Cookson). Then there are Charles' actor parents (Frank Middlemass and Helenea McCarthy)as well.

In 19 episodes, the stories deal with life in the theatre but also the coming of sound to the movies and the various relationships between all the main characters as well as their servants.

Some of the story lines are weak (like the Irish political stuff) but most are on target. Charles is a vain and stubborn man who overshadows Edwin on the stage, but Edwin (equally vain and stubborn) becomes a hit in movies. Lydia is a musical comedy star and plays peacekeeper at home. Martha is rather outrageous on stage and also in her personal life with a string on scandals linked to her name. Then there's Tom with all his writer angst.

The period sets and clothes are perfect and so are the various old cars. There's lots of old music and references to contemporary stars. It's all very well done.

Barbara Murray and Norman Rodway are excellent as Lydia and Charles, but I'm not sure if Belinga Lang as Martha doesn't steal the show.

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