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Nice Work was produced at Pebble Mill in 1989 by Chris Parr. David Lodge wrote both the original novel and the screenplay. The series starred Warren Clarke as Vic Wilcox, the managing director of a ‘Rummidge’ engineering firm, and Haydn Gwynne who played Robyn Penrose a young university academic. It was filmed on location around Birmingham and the Black Country, including Birmingham University (where David Lodge was a Professor). Vic and Robyn are thrust together on a business/academic scheme where Robyn was told by her Head of Department to shadow Vic. After an initial reluctance they come to a mutual respect and friendship, especially when Robyn prevents Vic being tricked by a German engineering company. Janet Dale played Vic’s wife, Marjorie.
The series was directed by Christopher Menaul, designed by Ian Ashurst, with Paul Woolston as the DoP. Will Hartley was the 1st AD.