Prometheus: The Life of Balzac

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Prometheus: The Life of Balzac, by Andre Maurois, was transmitted in autumn 1975 on BBC2. The interiors would have been recorded in Studio A.

Below is the entry from the Radio Times, from the BBC Genome project:

‘The BBC2 serial: written for television in six parts by DAVID turner starring Nicky Henson as Balzac 1: Apprenticeship of a Genius Honore Balzac , ablaze with vitality, determined to embrace greatness as a writer, embraces instead the first great love of his life.

Costume designer, Joyce HAWKINS; Script editor Lennox PHILLIPS; Designer, Margaret PEACOCK; Producer Richard Hevnon; Director Joan CRAFT

Contributors

Mme Balzac: Helen Ryan
M Balzac: William Squire
Laure Balzac: Rosemary McHale
Laurence Balzac: Elizabeth Romilly
Père Dablin: Leslie French
Eugene Surville: Tim Woodward
Comtesse de Berny: Elizabeth Spriggs
Comte de Berny: Barry Sinclair
Emilie de Berny: Rosie Kerslake
Augustine de Berny: Phoebe Nicholis
Jeanne de Berny: Kate Lock
Victorine de Berny: Tracey Childs
Raisson: Jeremy Clyde
Peasant girl: Vanessa Millard
Buisson: Paul Imbusch’

https://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/f0762eee12e34531a98afebdf8888018

The photos were originally posted on the Pebble Mill Engineers Facebook group, and I suspect they are probably from costume designer, Joyce Hawkins.

Prometheus: The Life of Balzac 1975

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Prometheus: Life of Balzac, by Andre Maurois, was adapted for television by David Turner. It was transmitted in autumn 1975 on BBC2. The producer was Richard Beynon, with director, Joan Craft. Derek Hobday was lighting director, with Lennox Phillips as script editor, and Margaret Peacock, the designer. Joyce Hawkins was costume designer, and the photograph is made available by Joyce.

The photo shows Nicky Henson as Balzac, with Nanette Newman playing Countess Even Hanska.

The series would have been recorded in Studio A at Pebble Mill.

 

 

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Hilda Lessways 1959

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Thanks to costume designer, Joyce Hawkins, for making this photograph of Judi Dench, playing Hilda Lessways, in the eponymous role, in the 1959 studio drama, from Gosta Green, available. Hilda Lessways was a six part adaptation of Arnold Bennett’s novel, ‘Clayhanger’. It was produced by Peter Dews, dramatised by Michael Voysey, and designed by Margaret Peacock. Note that Violet Carson, who went on to become Ena Sharples in Coronation Street, played the character, Auntie Hamps.

Below is the entry from the Radio Times, courtesy of the BBC Genome project:

 

Synopsis

A serial in six parts.
Based on ‘Clayhanger’ and ‘Hilda Lessways’ by Arnold Bennett.
Dramatised by Michael Voysey.

[Starring] Judi Dench, William Squire
With Brian Smith, Violet Carson
From the BBC’s Midland television studio

Contributors

Author: Arnold Bennett
Dramatised by: Michael Voysey
Producer: Peter Dews
Designer: Margaret Peacock

Hilda Lessways: Judi Dench
Mrs Lessways: Beatrice Varley
Mrs Grant: Alison Bayley
Clerk: Philip Garston-Jones
George Cannon: William Squire
Florrie Bagster: Jacqueline Wilson
Janet Orgreave: Miranda Connell
Sarah Galley: Nancie Jackson
Mr Karkeek: David Lytton
Edwin Clayhanger: Brian Smith
Auntie Hamps: Violet Carson
Maggie Clayhanger: Eileen Atkins
Darius Clayhanger: Chris Gittins
Post Boy: Paul Taylor

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/023f8773118e4d5e985029334e7d5f1a

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Rainbow City screening

Errol John and Gemma Jones in Rainbow City. Copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission

Errol John and Gemma Jones in Rainbow City. Copyright resides with the original holder, no reproduction without permission

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first episode of Rainbow City, a six part series made at Gosta Green in 1967, was screened at the Midlands Arts Centre on Saturday 15th October, as part of the Flatpack Festival.

The drama starred Errol John as a black lawyer, and Gemma Jones as his white wife. It the test of time remarkably well, being well made and very watchable. The episode we saw tackled issues of racism, and immigration, which are obviously as relevant today as in the 1960s.

Here is the entry from the Radio Times for 5th July 1967, courtesy of the BBC Genome project: http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/9a9e4b546dae447391293d00d0408d6d:

Created by JOHN ELLIOT in What Sort of a Boy? by JOHN ELLIOT and HORACE JAMES
Cast in order of appearance:
Music by RAM JOHN HOLDER and MICHAEL McKENZIE
Designed by Margaret Peacock Produced and directed by JOHN ELLIOT
From the Midlands
Contributors

Designed By: Margaret Peacock
Directed By: John Elliot
John Steele: Errol John
Dennis Jackson: Horage James
Rawlings: Graham Weston
Pitt: Colin Skipp
Noel Hall: Calvin Butler
Receptionist: Ianthe Agelasto
John Sleele: Errol John
Inspector: Frank Veasey
Secretary: Yolande Fermin
Works Supervisor: Leslie Dunn
Mrs Jackson: Myrtle Robinson
Mary Steele: Gemma Jones
Sister: Frances Dunn
Nurse: Nina Baden-Semper
Schoolteacher: Dolores Mantez
Clergyman: Ian Copper
Youth Leader: Calvin Lockhart
Carol Wright: Ann Curthoys
Mark Andrews: Lloyd Reckord

 

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The Permissive Society

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Here is a grab from The Permissive Society, one of Mike Leigh’s first television dramas. It was broadcast on 10th April 1975, on BBC 2, at 10.40 pm. Here is the Radio Times entry, courtesy of the BBC Genome project:
“A season of new plays from Birmingham
The Permissive Society
Les’s sister is going out and his parents won’t be back for a while. What will happen when he’s finally left alone with his girl friend?”
Designer MARGARET PEACOCK ProducerTARA PREM
Devised and directed by MIKE LEIGH (Birmingham)
Contributors
Designer: Margaret Peacock
Producer: Tara Prem
Directed By: Mike Leigh
Les: Bob Mason
Yvonne: Rachel Davies
Carol: Veronica Roberts

http://genome.ch.bbc.co.uk/aaa18560d30d484191e683327e5b477f 

The drama was part of the Second City Firsts series of half hour plays. It was shown at the Flatpack Film Festival in April 2016, at the Midlands Arts Centre, where Mike Leigh carried out some of his early improvisatory work with actors.