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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Professional Foul

21 September 1977
Three philosophy professors travel to Prague for a conference. One of them, Anderson, is forced to rethink his ideas on ethics when a former student is arrested by the Czech authorities for writing about individualist approaches to morality.

Peter Barkworth ... Anderson

John Shrapnel ... McKendrick

Stephen Rea ... Hollar
Richard O'Callaghan ... Chetwyn

Shane Rimmer ... Stone
David de Keyser ... Captain

Bernard Hill ... Broadbent
Billy Hamon ... Crisp

Sam Kelly ... Grayson
Victor Langley ... Chamberlain
Susan Strawson ... Mrs Hollar
Stefan Ceba ... Sacha Hollar
Graeme Eton ... Frenchman
Ivan Jelinek ... Chairman
Milos Kirek ... Plain Clothes Policeman
Ludwig Lang ... Plain Clothes Policeman
Arnoft Kopecky ... Plain Clothes Policeman
Paul Moritz ... Plain Clothes Policeman
Patrick Monckton ... Clerk
Sandra Frieze ... Translator

Season 1, Episode 2: Exiles

28 September 1977

Alan Badel ... Michael Arlen
Neville Barber ... Henri Bonnard
Susan Engel ... Atalanta
Don Fellows ... Hugh
Susannah Fellows ... Amy Wells
Kenneth Garner ... New York doctor
Hermione Gregory ... Anais
Murray Kash ... Dr. Gregson
Joshua Le Touzel ... Young Michael
Stanley Lebor ... Taki

Richard LeParmentier ... Harry
Jeanette Lewis ... Nurse
Christopher Muncke ... Mr. Stevens
Steven O'Shea ... John
Bruce Purchase ... Ernest

Kathryn Leigh Scott ... Michael's sister

Martin Shaw ... Michael J. Arlen
Ned Sherrin ... Noel Coward
Eric Stine ... Al

Vic Tablian ... Egyptian doctor
Peter Whitman ... Peter

Season 1, Episode 3: Able's Will

5 October 1977

Season 1, Episode 4: The Sinking of HMS Victoria

12 October 1977
Dramatization of events surrounding the loss of the turret ship HMS Victoria during fleet exercises off Tripoli on June 22, 1893.

Season 1, Episode 5: True Patriot

19 October 1977


Michael York ... Dietrich Bonhoeffer
Derek Fowlds ... Hans von Dohnanyi
Richard Hurndall ... Admiral Canaris

Martin Jarvis ... Klaus
Alan MacNaughton ... Dr. Bonhoeffer
Marijke Mann ... Ursula (as Marika Mann)
Brewster Mason ... General von Hase
Martin Matthews ... Karl
Peter Miles ... Oster
Frank Mills ... Judge Thorbeck
Edward Petherbridge ... Walter Huppenkothen
Michael Spice ... Rudiger Schleicher
Jenny Till ... Christel
Peggy Ann Wood ... Frau Bonhoeffer

Season 1, Episode 6: Shooting the Chandelier

26 October 1977


Alun Armstrong ... Brodovich
Dave Atkins ... Drunken soldier

Felicity Dean ... Blanka

Denholm Elliott ... Semyon

Edward Fox ... Nikolai
Doris Hare ... Milena
Ernest C. Jennings ... Peasant

Season 1, Episode 7: The Kitchen

2 November 1977

Season 1, Episode 8: Episode #1.8

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Paul Tropea ... Pupil

Season 1, Episode 9: Forgotten Love Songs

4 January 1978

Season 1, Episode 10: A Visit from Miss Protheroe

11 January 1978
Arthur Dodsworth has recently retired. He lives alone except for his budgie and memories of his late wife Winnie. One afternoon his nap is interrupted by the doorbell; his former secretary, Peggy Prothero, has come to visit. A brash, charmless woman who seems to take no pleasure in anything but putting people down, Miss Prothero wants to fill her old boss in on all the changes that have taken place at work since he left. Dodsworth isn't very curious, and as the visit wears on it puts a little strain on his politeness and patience. Miss Prothero doesn't enjoy it much either, but lingers on as there's a bombshell she wants to drop. The docketing system Dodsworth introduced thirty years earlier, which revolutionised the firm, has been scrapped by her adored new boss Mr Skinner. The crowning achievement of Dodsworth's career has just become obsolete, and she wants to tell him all about it.
Hugh Lloyd ... Mr. Dodsworth

Patricia Routledge ... Miss Prothero

Alan Bennett ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 11: Mr. & Ms. Bureaucrat

18 January 1978

Season 1, Episode 12: Foreign Affairs

25 January 1978

Season 1, Episode 13: The Dissolution of Marcus Fleischman

1 February 1978

Season 1, Episode 14: The O'Hooligan File

8 February 1978

Season 1, Episode 15: The Turkey Who Lives on the Hill

15 February 1978

Season 1, Episode 16: Flayed

22 February 1978

Timothy Bateson ... Moxey
Rowena Cooper ... Ruth

Julian Holloway ... Grinling

Ian Holm
Christine Shaw ... The woman

John Shrapnel ... Robert
Lucy Taylor ... The child

Season 1, Episode 17: She Fell Among Thieves

1 March 1978
A villainess concocts a nefarious plot around her stepdaughter and matches wits with an English gentleman adventurer.

Malcolm McDowell ... Richard Chandos

Eileen Atkins ... Vanity Fair

Michael Jayston ... Mansel

Karen Dotrice ... Jenny
Sarah Badel ... Virginia
Philip Locke ... Acorn
Richard Pearson ... Father Below
Freda Jackson ... Lafone
Ralph Arliss ... Bell
Simon Cadell ... Candle
Derek Deadman ... Luis
Pat Gorman ... John

Bernard Hill ... Carson

Jonathan Lynn ... Gaston

Season 1, Episode 18: Stargazy on Zummerdown

15 March 1978
In the 23rd century, Britain (now called Albion) is made up of two distinct communities - the Aggros (farm workers) and the Toonies (industrial workers). They meet at Zummerdown for the annual midsummer festival of Stargazy.
Toni Arthur ... Ruth Baxter

Roy Dotrice ... Israel Tonge
John Gilbyrne ... Abbot's secretary
Jack Haig ... George Weller
John Hartley ... Contrary Harry
Roy Marsden ... Sidney
Peggy Mount ... Opinionated Alice
Declan Mulholland ... William Gurney
Stephen Murray ... Father John Cuchlain

Terry Pearson ... Monk
Ron Pember ... Toonie Curser
Aubrey Richards ... Henry Gutch
John Ringham ... Alf Smith
Peter Schofield ... Goodman Barton
Malcolm Stent ... Alfred Treagle
Alec Wallis ... Heckler Jones

Season 1, Episode 19: Liza

22 March 1978
Lavretsky returns to Russia from Europe and joins the group of admirers of his beautiful young cousin Liza.
Gwen Ffrangcon Davies ... Marfa Timofievna

Jeremy Kemp ... Lavretsky
Sebastian Shaw ... Carl Fiodorich

Joyce Redman ... Maria Dmitrievna
Cathryn Harrison ... Liza

Simon Williams ... Panshin
Hugh Latimer ... Sergei Petrovich Gedenovsky
Natalie Pennington ... Lenochka
Kate David ... Palashka
Mollie Maureen ... Natalia Karpovna
Caroline Fabbri ... Shurochka
Joe Gladwin ... Anton
Janet Brandes ... Apraxia

Alun Armstrong ... Mikhalevich
Damaris Hayman ... Madame Belitzkoy
Dennis Handby ... Colonel Belitzkoy
Chrissy Iddon ... Vavara Pavlovna
Sophie Llewellyn Smith ... Ada
Anna Bentinck ... Justine
Emma Allum ... Peasant child (uncredited)
Robin Glynn ... Peasant child (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 20: For Tea on Sunday

29 March 1978

Season 1, Episode 21: When the Actors Come

3 May 1978

Season 1, Episode 22: Ice Age

17 May 1978

Season 1, Episode 23: The Copyist

24 May 1978


Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: Langrishe Go Down

20 September 1978
In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck, a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making pompous declamations, rents the back lodge to work on his esoteric thesis. Imogen Langrishe, the least repressed of the sisters, begins an affair with Otto. Imogen takes the love affair seriously, but Otto just enjoys the cheap lodging and the comfort of Imogen.

Judi Dench ... Imogen Langrishe

Jeremy Irons ... Otto Beck

Annette Crosbie ... Helen Langrishe
Susan Williamson ... Lily Langrishe
Margaret Whiting ... Maureen Layde
Harold Pinter ... Barry Shannon
John Molloy ... 1st man on bus
Niall O'Brien ... 2nd man on bus
Arthur O'Sullivan ... Joseph Feeney
Michael O'Brian ... Priest (as Michael O'Briain)
Liam O'Callaghan ... Mr. Langrishe
Joan O'Hara ... Mrs. Langrishe

Season 2, Episode 2: Fairies

27 September 1978


Pamela Austin ... Second Neighbour
Tracey Baron ... Joan
Hugh Burden ... Edward Gardner
Angela Coates ... Janet
Steve Collins ... Second photographer
Yvonne Fay ... Barbara
Helen Fraser ... Polly Wright
John Garvin ... Second reporter
Fred Gaunt ... Bradford Argus reporter
David Gooderson ... First reporter
James Grout ... Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Brenda Hall ... First Neighbour
Guy Hassan ... Young man
David Hatton ... Third reporter
Brian Hayes ... Farmer
Hope Johnstone ... Third Neighbour
Charles Kay ... Arthur Wright
Lloyd Lamble ... Jackson

Nicholas Lyndhurst ... Brian Grant
Keith Marsh ... George Parker
Tom Moxon ... Leslie Toms
Peter O'Keefe ... Billy Day
Maggie Ollerenshaw ... Annie Griffiths
Reg Pritchard ... Dawson
Linda Searle ... Elsie Wright
Bill Stewart ... Snelling
James Tomlinson ... First photographer
Doremy Vernon ... Miss Jones
Pat Wallis ... Billy's mother
Sally Wells ... Jill
Sarah Wright ... Frances Griffiths

Season 2, Episode 3: Fearless Frank

4 October 1978


Leonard Rossiter ... Frank Harris
Susan Penhaligon ... Secretary / Enid / Kate / Jessie / Actress / Schoolgirl
Ben Aris ... Whistler
Margaret Courtenay ... Mrs. Clayton / Mrs. Clapton
Andrew Downie ... Thomas Carlyle
Donna Evans ... Lily Robins / Nursemaid
Kate Fahy ... Laura Clapton (as Katherine Fahey)
Hal Galili ... Mr. Clapton / Cowboy
Keith Jayne ... Butcher's boy
Sylvia Kay ... Nellie Harris

Denis Lawson ... Ernest Dowson / Prof. Byron Smith
Alun Lewis ... Kendrick / Young man
Pepsi Maycock ... Topsy
Elizabeth Revill ... Mrs. Mayhew

John Rhys-Davies ... Guy de Maupassant
William Russell ... Lord Folkestone / Chapman / Headmaster
Philip Sayer ... Oscar Wilde
Albert Shepherd ... Tibbett / Waiter
Donald Waugh ... Shoe-shine boy

Season 2, Episode 4: Episode #2.4

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Season 2, Episode 5: Episode #2.5

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Season 2, Episode 6: Episode #2.6

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Season 2, Episode 7: Return Fare

1 November 1978

Season 2, Episode 8: Another Day

22 November 1978

Season 2, Episode 9: Episode #2.9

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Season 2, Episode 10: Night People

6 December 1978

Season 2, Episode 11: Renoir, My Father

13 December 1978
A play about the life and work of the artist Auguste Renoir, based on the book by his film director son, Jean Renoir.

Season 2, Episode 12: On Giant's Shoulders

28 March 1979
Len and Hazel Wiles, a middle-aged childless couple who live on a remote farm, decide to adopt a coloured boy, Terry, who has no limbs because of the effects of Thalidomide. They encounter a great deal of resistance and scepticism from their friends and neighbours. Terry Wiles plays himself in this play.
Bryan Pringle ... Len Wiles

Judi Dench ... Hazel Wiles
Terry Wiles ... Himself
Hilda Braid ... Sister Page

Barbara Young ... Teacher at Hospital
Tim Wylton ... Len Curry
Tony Church ... Hospital Administrator
Anthony Heaton ... Limb Technician
Anna Wing ... Mrs. Proctor
Jean Rimmer ... Miss Hudson
Frank Barrie ... Solicitor
Charles West ... Judge
Annabel Leventon ... Journalist
Barbara Keogh ... Café Cashier
Elizabeth Hunt ... Customer
Sally Watkins ... Washer-Up
Maria St. Clare ... Girl at Nurseries
Elizabeth Morgan ... Registrar
Charles Pemberton ... Employment Clerk
Nigel Nevinson ... Young Teacher
John Muirhead ... Photographer
Wilfred Grove ... Bailiff
Derek Seaton ... Local Reporter

Terence Davies ... Fire Officer
Ian Ellis ... Hospital Orderly
Laurie Goode ... Hospital Orderly

Season 2, Episode 13: Stepping Out

4 April 1979

Season 2, Episode 14: A Light That Shines

11 April 1979

Peter Cellier ... Brother Ambrose

Steven Grives ... Conroy
Christopher Guard ... Des
Julian Littman ... Griffin

Ann Mitchell ... Mother
Vicky Ogden ... Bernadette
Rex Robinson ... Brother George
Peggy Sinclair ... Matron
John Wheatley ... Stephen

Season 2, Episode 15: In England's Green and Pleasant Land

16 May 1979

Patrick O'Connell

Ronald Pickup ... Norman Reynolds

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