David Rudkin talking about the success of Penda’s Fen

Relative success of Penda’s Fen from pebblemill on Vimeo.

Specially shot interview with writer David Rudkin, talking about the relative success of the 1974 Play for Today, ‘Penda’s Fen’, made by BBC Pebble Mill.  Alan Clarke was the director, David Rose the producer, and Tara Prem the script editor.

Caroline Hawkins left the following message on the Pebble Mill Facebook Group: ‘I remember it. I was in it. I was the little girl who had her hands chopped off and my mother was the costume designer (who persuaded me to do it!)’.

Writer, David Rudkin

Writer, David Rudkin, talking about Alan Clarke

David Rudkin on Alan Clarke from pebblemill on Vimeo.

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Specially shot interview with writer, David Rudkin, talking about working with director, Alan Clarke, on the 1974 Play for Today, ‘Penda’s Fen’.

‘Penda’s Fen’ was produced at Pebble Mill by David Rose, and  script edited by Tara Prem.  The film tells the story of Stephen, a troubled 18 year old who rejects the traditional church he was brought up into, in search of an older pagan faith.

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Photos from Bob Jacobs (production manager) and Jenny Brewer (production assistant), no reproduction without permission.

Written by David Rudkin, produced at Pebble Mill by David Rose and directed by Alastair Reid, Artemis 81 was an epic drama lasting over 3 hours.  It was broadcast on 29th Dec 1981 and follows a paranormal writer, Gideon Harlax (Hywel Bennett) who becomes involved in a cosmic battle for the future of mankind between an angel of light and an angel of death.

It was a star studded cast with Hywel Bennett, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sting, Dinah Stabb, Dan O’Herlihy and Anthony Steel.

The drama was originally conceived as a Danish co-production, which is why there was location filming in Denmark, as well as on a North Sea ferry and in Oxford.

Artemis 81 is available on DVD.

Cast and Crew of Artemis 81

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