Frank Scully, an out-of-work journalist, goes to stay for a few days with friends Donald and Sylvia Harper in Micklethorpe, a small town in the Yorkshire Dales. Miss Banner, the ... See full summary »

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 Frank Scully (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Fiona Lytton Neave (6 episodes, 1983)
Joanna Dunham ...
 Sylvia Harper (6 episodes, 1983)
Norman Eshley ...
 Donald Harper (6 episodes, 1983)
Elizabeth Bennett ...
 Beattie, Lady Wrathdale (6 episodes, 1983)
Peter Clay ...
 Lewis, Lord Wrathdale (6 episodes, 1983)
Pauline Letts ...
 Miss Sybil Banner (6 episodes, 1983)
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 Reuben Flaxman (5 episodes, 1983)
Ted Morris ...
 Tom Holliday (5 episodes, 1983)
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Frank Scully, an out-of-work journalist, goes to stay for a few days with friends Donald and Sylvia Harper in Micklethorpe, a small town in the Yorkshire Dales. Miss Banner, the deeply-religious new owner of the local newspaper, asks him to stay on as editor of the paper. Frank unwittingly revives long-dead local scandals when he innocently publishes a series of anonymous articles that Miss Banner has written. Matters are further complicated when he becomes involved in a love triangle with Sylvia Harper and Fiona Neave, who owns the company that prints the newspaper - and Miss Banner threatens to use her column to reveal some very compromising details about Fiona. Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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Micklethorpe and the Micklethorpe Messenger newspaper were based heavily on Barnard Castle in County Durham and the Teesdale Mercury newspaper which is printed and published there. Writer Michael J. Bird was inspired to create the series after seeing a report about the Teesdale Mercury on the BBC magazine programme Nationwide (1969). Some events that happened in real life in Barnard Castle were used as the basis for events in The Outsider. Real editions of the Mercury, with just the masthead and a few lead stories altered, were seen on-screen as editions of the Micklethorpe Messenger. It was originally intended that location filming would take place in Barnard Castle and the Teesdale Mercury printworks, but in order to keep production costs down, Knaresborough and a printworks in Leeds were used instead because these were closer to Yorkshire Television's studios. See more »

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