Play for Today: Season 7, Episode 12

Spend Spend Spend (15 Mar. 1977)

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Autobiographical tale about Viv Nicholson who had a large Football Pools win in the early 1960s, and the ultimately destructive effect it had on her and her family.

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Susan Littler ...
Vivian Nicholson
John Duttine ...
Keith Nicholson
Helene Palmer ...
Vivian's Mother (as Helen Beck)
Joe Belcher ...
Vivian's Father
Stephen Bill ...
Matthew
Liz Smith ...
Keith's Granny
Annie Hulley ...
Girlfriend
Philip Joseph ...
Gary
John Lyons ...
Public Relations Man
Jane Lowe ...
Public Relations Girl
Peter Mayock ...
First Reporter
Andy Bradford ...
Second Reporter (as Andrew Bradford)
Jack Platts ...
Taxi Driver
Fred Gaunt ...
Doctor
Joan Peters ...
First Woman
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Autobiographical tale about Viv Nicholson who had a large Football Pools win in the early 1960s, and the ultimately destructive effect it had on her and her family.

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Vivian Nicholson: [voiceover] I was born in 1936 in Castleford, Yorkshire. You'll find it on the map - I'm the bugger that put it there. Where we lived, all the fellers were coal-miners. Except me dad - he was a full-time, fully-paid-up, fully-fledged bastard.
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15 minutes of fame
2 March 2004 | by (Sunderland, England) – See all my reviews

Viv Nicholson, high school drop out, sees a football pools win as the way out of a humdrum life. Her much publicised wish to `Spend, Spend Spend!' ensured her 15 minutes of fame in the tabloid press. The money ran out and so did her interest for the press. Her book and the stage play derived from it briefly put her back in the tabloids.

Unlike the Nicholsons, modern Lottery winners are offered financial advice. Either an assumption that either the ordinary working classes can't handle big money, or a guilty conscience for ruining two people's lives. A well acted description of how two people become victims of circumstances as they quickly get out of their depth.


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