Play for Today: Season 10, Episode 5

Just a Boys' Game (8 Nov. 1979)

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Jake lives in the shadow of his dying grandfather, who was once the town's toughest hard man. Despite their hatred of each other, Jake's sole aim is to be as tough as the old man was. One ... See full summary »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Frankie Miller ...
Jake McQuillen
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Dancer Dunnichy
Jean Taylor Smith ...
Grannie (as Jean Taylor-Smith)
Hector Nicol ...
Granda
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Tanza
Katherine Stark ...
Jane
Jan Wilson ...
Bella
Jim Byars ...
Mental Dan
Gaylie Runciman ...
At the Pub
James Morrison ...
At the Pub
Billy Riddoch ...
At the Pub (as Bill Riddock)
Sandy West ...
At the Pub
Irene Sunters ...
At the Pub
Martin Cochrane ...
At the Pub
Elaine Collins ...
At the Pub
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Jake lives in the shadow of his dying grandfather, who was once the town's toughest hard man. Despite their hatred of each other, Jake's sole aim is to be as tough as the old man was. One day in Jake's life, as he drifts, drinks and fights, leads to a bleak realisation. Written by Anonymous

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Jake McQuillan: McAfferty! Your tea's oot.
McAfferty: Come ahead, McQuillan.
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Hard men = gay men
28 May 2004 | by See all my reviews

The subtle gay undertones of this Greenock set play are hard to ignore. Frankie Miller as Jake McQuillan provides a stunning portrayal of a "Hard Man" barely able to conceal his forbidden passion for lovable rogue sidekick Dancer(Ken Hutchison). The sub-plot detailing McQuillan's battle to be the dominant alpha male in his family is over-shone by his need to "batter" senseless anyone who looks at the object of his affections in the wrong way.

Jake's contempt for women is illustrated by his refusal to "hump" Clatty Bella, instead preferring to drink cheap fortified wine while his true love "beasts" her instead.

Tanza(Gregor Fisher,)and his relationship with his spouse "Mary Doll" provides some comic relief, as does Hector Nicol as ex-hardman and nudist "Granda".

Overall McDougall's vision of a 70's West of Scotland town inhabited by "headcases" in denial of their homosexual leanings "rings" true.


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