Episode Guide compiled by The Classic TV Archive
with contributions by: Rina Fox
references: Library of Congress (telnet://locis.loc.gov) Internet Movie Database (http://us.imdb.com) UCLA Film and Television Archive
Granada Television Production
(Manchester Studios, England)
the ITV Network [UK]
Produced by Philip Mackie
UK Drama Anthology Series 1963 8 episodes x 60 min black and white Video Tape
The resident cast were:-
GEOFFREY BAYLDON / PATRICIA GARWOOD / CHARLES KAY /
JOHN WOOD / BARRIE INGHAM
MICHAEL BARRINGTON / INGRID HAFNER. Premise:
An anthology series of dramas covering life in Victorian Britain
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 The Victorians: THE RENT DAY Granada Television Production 31May63 ITV UK Fri Produced by Philip Mackie Director Herbert Wise Written by Douglas Jerrold/ Adapted by Gerald Savory Cast : Charles Kay ........... Martin Ingrid Hafner ......... Rachel Geoffrey Bayldon ...... Crumbs Ingrid Hafner ......... Rachel Edward Evans .......... Beanstalk Barry Justice ......... Toby John Cater ............ Hyssop Michael Barrington .... Bullfrog John Wood ............. Jack Barrie Ingham ......... Grantley Background/ Synopsis: "The Rent Day" by Douglas Jerrold, drew the crowds to London's Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1832. The play is produced here on television as it might have been seen in Victorian sitting rooms had television existed in those days. "THE RENT DAY" was accepted in its time as being true to life. It gives a life-like picture of the Victorian Age - a vigorous, bustling, money-making society. The play went down well with contemporary audiences, but, along with the others, has been undeservedly banished from the repertoire of the English theatre. "The Rent Day" tells the story of a young farmer, Martin, and his wife, Rachel, who face eviction when they cannot pay their rent. The surly land agent, Crumbs, seems determined to destroy their happiness, and unwelcome overtures of a highwayman, Silver Jack, to Rachel, add to the troubles. Then it is discovered that Crumbs has a guilty secret in his past. The Part of Martin is played by Geoffrey Bayldon, a former architecture student who turned to acting on his demob after war-time service with the RAF. He spent three months filming overseas in "55 Days in Peking" and earlier in his career was often seen at Stratford-upon-Avon and in the West End. Martin's wife, Rachel, is played by lovely, dark-haired Ingrid Hafner. Daughter of a Austrian father and a part-Scottish mother, she has been seen in many roles at London's Old Vic and on television. [DM]  The Victorians: LONDON ASSURANCE Granada Television Production 07Jun63 ITV UK Produced by Philip Mackie Written by Dion Boucicault / Adapted by by Gerald Savory Directed by Stuart Latham (Aired in the US/Canada on "NET Playhouse" - 02Jul67) guest cast: John Wood .............. Sir Harcourt Courtley Charles Kay ............ Charles Courtley Patricia Garwood ....... Grace Horkaug Geoffrey Bayldon ....... Cool Barrie Ingham .......... Dazzle Michael Barrington ..... Max Horkaug Frederick Jons ......... Bailiff Ingrid Hafner .......... Lady Gay Spouker Eric Hillyard .......... Toolman Synopsis 1: An 80 year old nobleman competes with his son for the hand of a young heiress. Synopsis 2: "London Assurance" is a stylish comedy about the sprightly but elderly nobleman Sir Harcourt Courtley, who takes a fancy to the 18 uear-old heiress niece of his friend Max Harkaway. Sir Harcourt's greatest ambition is to make himself look 20 years younger, so that the girl will agree to marry him. But he faces unexpected difficulties when his son Charles becomes involved in the suit. [DM]  The Victorians: SOCIETY Granada Television Production 14Jun63 ITV UK Fri Produced by Philip Mackie Written by T.W. Robertson / Adapted by (possibly) Gerald Savory Directed by Graeme McDonald Cast: John Wood ............. Tom Stylus Geoffrey Bayldon ...... Chodd Senior Charles Kay ........... Chodd Junior Barrie Ingham ......... Sidney Daryl George Tovey .......... Bailiff Jack Bligh ............ Doddles Ingrid Hafner ......... Maud Hetherington Lally Bowers .......... Lady Ptarmigant Michael Barrington .... Smiffel Lamb Mark Smith ............ Office Boy Synopsis: A well-bred, but impoverished young journalist is the hero of this play Society. The journalist, Sidney Daryl is hired by a wealthy self-made man, Mr Chodd to run a new daily newspaper. But Daryl soon finds he has a second and less pleasing assignment to introduce Mr Chodd's arrogant an boorish son, John into society. Daryl's own good manners persuade him to continue to help Chodd junior to meet the right people, even when these efforts meet with no gratitude. But the time has clearly come to teach Chodd a lesson when decides to make a good marriage with Maud, the girl Daryl intends to marry. A powerful battle of wills brings the play to a climax. [DM]  The Victorians: THE TICKET OF LEAVE MAN Granada Television Production 21Jun63 ITV UK Fri Produced by Philip Mackie Written by ?? Directed by Stuart Latham Cast : Barrie Ingham ......... Robert Brierly John Wood ............. Jem Dalton Geoffrey Bayldon ...... Hawkshaw Charles Kay ........... Moss Patricia Garwood ...... May Edwards Michael Barrington .... Gibson Frederick Jones ....... Maltley Peter Brett ........... Waiter Robert Sansom ......... Mr Sharpe Vi Stevens ............ Mrs Willoughby Alan Foss ............. Angry Customer Synopsis: This play is a story of crime, false imprisonment and detection in Victorian Times. It also tells the adventures of a young Lancashireman, Robert Brierly, who comes to London and falls victim to the schemes of a quick-witted crook. He is wrongly arrested and sent to jail. On his release as a ticket-of-leave man, who has earned remission for good conduct - he sets out to track down the crook, Jem Dalton, and settle accounts with him. [DM]  The Victorians: TWO ROSES Granada Television Production 28Jun63 ITV UK Fri Produced by Philip Mackie Written by James Albery / Adapted by Gerald Savory Directed by Richard Everitt Cast: Geoffrey Bayldon ........ Digby Grant Patricia Garwood ........ Lotty Grant Ingrid Hafner ........... Ida Grant Barrie Ingham ........... Suitor John Wood ............... Suitor Synopsis: Two Roses is about Digby Grant, an impoverished gentleman accustomed to living on his wits, who discovers that he is within reach of a £10,000 a year fortune. Only if a missing relative is found will he deprived of it. Certain that the money will be his before long, Grant moves from his little cottage to a grand house and begins to live on a grand style. But money does not bring him peace of mind and contentment, nor does it help his relations with his family. He robs his two young daughters - the two roses of the title - of their happiness by refusing to allow them to marry the men they love. He claims the suitors are not good enough for them, and despite their appeals, he refuses to change his mind - for only wealth impresses him now. Meanwhile, a determined solicitor is pressing on with the search for the missing relative... [DM]  The Victorians: STILL WATERS RUN DEEP Granada Television Production 05Jul63 ITV UK Fri Produced by Philip Mackie Written by Tom Taylor/ Adapted by Gerald Savory Directed by Cliff Owen Cast: Barrie Ingham .......... Captain Hawsley John Wood .............. John Mildmay Ingrid Hafner .......... John's Wife Michael Barrington ..... Father-in-Law Joyce Heron ............ Mrs Sternhold Synopsis: An officer who was by no means a gentleman is one of the central characters in this play. The dashing Captain Hawksley is an easy charmer. His talk of moonlight elopements thrills the ladies, his sure fire business deals impress the men. In comparison, young John Mildmay seems a pretty dull stick. His easy-going personality and unassuming manner are easily mistaken for weak will and lack of character. But in a time of crisis, when honor is at stake, John proves himself a man to be reckoned with - even by the most blustering regimental officers. [DM]  The Victorians: THE SILVER KING Granada Television Production 12Jul63 ITV UK Fri Produced by Philip Mackie Written by Henry Arthur Jones & Henry Herman/ Adapted by Gerald Savory Directed by Herbert Wise Cast: Charles Kay ........... Wilfred Denver Patricia Garwood ...... Nell Denver Barrie Ingham ......... Geoffrey Ware Geoffrey Bayldon ...... Skinner Synopsis: "The Silver King" is the story of a man who loses heavily to the bookmakers and takes to drink. One night he is involved in a brawl with another man, who is found murdered the next day. Suspicion falls inevitably on the gambler. He slips out of the country, leaving his wife and daughter to fend for themselves. Years later he returns, having made a fortune from the silver mines of America and using an assumed name. He is determined to clear himself of suspicion and rejoin his family - but first he must complete a dangerous one-man pursuit of the real killer. [DM]  The Victorians: SWEET LAVENDER (final ep) Granada Television Production 19Jul63 ITV UK Fri Produced by Philip Mackie Written by Arthur W.Pinero / Adapted by Gerald Savory Directed by Graeme McDonald Cast: Patricia Garwood ....... Lavender Charles Kay ............ Young Man Joan Haythorne ......... Mother of young girl Gwen Watford ........... Lavender's Mum Synopsis: "Sweet Lavender" is a romance story in which Lavender falls in love with a young man who is already engaged to someone else. [DM] ##########################
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