Juliet Bravo is a British television police procedural drama series, first broadcast on 30 August 1980, that ran for six series and a total of 88 episodes on BBC1. The theme of the series concerned a female police inspector who took over control of a police station in the fictional town of Hartley in Lancashire; the lead role of Inspector Jean Darblay was played by Stephanie Turner, but after the third series, she was replaced by Anna Carteret in the role of Inspector Kate Longton. Carteret remained with the series until its demise in 1985; the series was devised by Ian Kennedy Martin, who had enjoyed success with another police drama series, The Sweeney. Although the genre of police dramas was well-established on British television by 1980, Juliet Bravo and London Weekend Television's The Gentle Touch, which started a few months earlier, were the first series that saw female officers as lead characters, having to fight both crime and the prejudice of male colleagues. Kennedy Martin based the character of Jean Darblay on Wynne Darwin.
All six series of Juliet Bravo have been released on DVD by 2|Entertain/Cinema Club. Series 1 was released on 12 September 2005. Series 2 was released on 14 November 2005. Series 3 was released on 20 February 2006. Series 4 was released on 22 May 2006. Series 5 was released on 14 August 2006. Series 6 remained unreleased for over two years after the release of Series 5, until a petition created by fans of the series was delivered to 2|Entertain, demanding the sixth and final series be released on DVD. Series 6 was released on 29 September 2008. Series 1 & 2 have both been released on Region 4 DVD in Australia. UKTV’s Drama channel reran all six series in 2018 and again in early 2019; the series had been repeated in its entirety on the cable and satellite channel UK Gold from the launch in 1992 until 2001. The series' name was devised from the inspector's radio call sign "J-B" or "Juliet Bravo" as it features in the NATO phonetic alphabet; this sign was used only twice during Stephanie Turner's tenure, both times in series 3, episode 14 Where There's Muck - Stephanie Turner's final outing as the series' protagonist - when Inspector Harblay radios into Hartley Police Station from the scene of a road traffic accident involving a lorry carrying chemical-filled drums.
On all other occasions she identifies herself as Inspector Hartley in radio communication. However, from the fourth series onwards, the call sign was used; the original working title of the programme was "Inspector, Ma'am," a reference to the lead character's rank and title. This title was dropped prior to broadcast; the character upon whom Inspector Jean Darblay was based held the rank of Inspector at Great Harwood station just outside Blackburn. However, the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley featured in the programme was based on Bacup; the first two series were produced by Terence Williams. From the third series, Jonathan Alwyn was appointed as producer, with Chris Boucher acting as script editor. Series 4, 5 and 6 were produced by Geraint Morris; the series signature theme tune was arranged by Derek Goom. Bob Cosford was the initial graphic designer, who matched the theme tune to the opening and closing graphics centred on a revolving police "star and crown" cap badge, which bore the familiar "E II R" device of English police forces, but in place of the force name around the blue circle, it instead featured the generic words "County Constabulary."In the first two series, Inspector Darblay is seen driving an orange Austin Mini.
In the third series she is seen driving a pale yellow Austin Mini Metro which, in episode 4 Amateur Night, she can be seen parking next to an orange Mini - the car used in the previous two series - in the car park outside the Hartley Little Theatre, except for episode 5 A Breach of the Peace where she is seen driving a marked Ford Escort police patrol car. Studio scenes for the first two series were recorded at Wood Lane in London. From the third series onward, studio scenes were recorded at the BBC's Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham. Exterior scenes were filmed in the Lancashire towns of Colne, Accrington, Burnley, in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Other locations around east Lancashire, West Yorkshire and the Black Country were used; the exterior of Hartley Police Station seen throughout the entire series run was in fact the real-life police station in the town of Bacup. When the station closed in 2011, a campaign was mounted by fans of the series to save it from demolition, turn it into a museum dedicated to the series' legacy.
Aside from the DVD releases, the BBC licensed three TV tie-in novelisations of the show. These were authored by Mollie Hardwick; the first two were published by Pan Books. Juliet Bravo 1 was a novelisation of the first series episodes Shot Gun, Fraudulently Uttered, The Draughtsman, The Runner and Family Unit. Juliet Bravo 2 was a novelisation of the first series episodes Cages, The One Who Got Away and The Anastasia Syndrome. A third novel was published by BBC Books. Calling Juliet Bravo: New Arrivals was a novelisation of the second series episode New Arrivals and the third series episode Cause For Complaint. A script book, containing five TV scripts from the first series compiled by Alison Leake, was issued by Longman Imprint Books in February 1983; the theme tune was released on 7-inch vinyl via BBC Records in 1980. Stephanie Turner as Inspector Jean Darblay Anna Carteret as Inspector Kate Longton David Ellison as Sergeant Joseph Beck Noel Collins as Sergeant George Parrish David Hargreaves as To
Blake's 7 is a British science fiction television series produced by the BBC. Four 13-episode series were broadcast on BBC1 between 1978 and 1981, it was created by Terry Nation, who created the Daleks for the television series Doctor Who. The script editor was Chris Boucher; the main character, at least was Roj Blake, played by Gareth Thomas. The series was inspired by various fictional media, including Robin Hood, Star Trek, Passage to Marseille, The Dirty Dozen, Brave New World and classic Western stories, as well as real-world political conflicts in South America and Israel. Blake's 7 was popular from its first broadcast, watched by 10 million in the UK and shown in 25 other countries. Although many tropes of space opera are present, such as spaceships, galactic empires and aliens, its budget was inadequate for its interstellar theme. Critical responses have been varied. A limited range of Blake's 7 merchandise was issued, books and annuals published; the BBC released music and sound effects from the series, several companies made Blake's 7 toys and models.
Four video compilations were released between 1985 and 1990, the entire series was released in videocassette format starting 1991 and re-released during 1997, as four DVD boxed sets between 2003 and 2006. The BBC produced two audio dramas during 1998 and 1999 that feature original cast members and broadcast by Radio 4. Although proposals for live-action and animated remakes have not been realised, Blake's 7 has been revived with two series of audio dramas, a comedic short film, a series of fan-made audio plays. Four series of thirteen 50-minute episodes were made, first broadcast in the United Kingdom between January 1978 and December 1981 by BBC1, they are set in at least 700 years in the future. Blake's 7's narrative concerns the exploits of political dissident Roj Blake, who commands a small group of rebels against the forces of the totalitarian Terran Federation that rules the Earth and many colonised planets; the Federation uses mass surveillance and drug pacification to control its citizens.
Blake was arrested, tried on false charges, deported to a remote penal colony. En route, he and fellow prisoners Jenna Stannis and Kerr Avon gain control of a technologically advanced alien spacecraft, which its central computer Zen informs is named Liberator. Liberator's speed and weaponry are superior to Federation craft, it has a teleportation system that enables transport to the surface of planets. Blake and his crew begin a campaign to damage the Federation, but are pursued by Space Commander Travis—a Federation soldier—and Servalan, the Supreme Commander and Federation President; the composition of the titular "seven" changes throughout the series. The initial group—Blake, Gan, Jenna and Cally—included Zen as the seventh member. At the end of the first series, they capture a supercomputer named Orac. Gan is killed during the second series, after which Blake and Jenna disappear and are replaced by new characters Dayna and Tarrant. At the start of the fourth series, Cally is replaced by Soolin.
After the destruction of Liberator, the computer Zen is replaced by a new computer, onboard their new commandeered ship Scorpio. While Blake is an idealistic freedom fighter, his associates are petty crooks and killers. Avon is a technological genius who, while motivated by self-preservation and wealth acts to help others; when Blake is separated from his crew, Avon becomes commander. At first, Avon believes. However, by the middle of the third series, Avon realises that the Federation is expanding again, faster than realised, he resumes the fight; the BBC had planned to conclude Blake's 7 at the end of its third series, but a further series was commissioned unexpectedly. Some changes to the programme's format were necessary, such as the introduction of a new spacecraft and new characters and Slave. Blake's 7 was watched by 10 million people in the UK and was broadcast in 25 other countries. Roj Blake, played by Gareth Thomas. Blake is a long-term political dissident, he is passionately opposed to the Federation's injustice and corruption, prepared to accept loss of life in pursuit of its destruction.
He thinks nothing of placing himself in danger to advance his cause. Although respected by many of his crew members, Avon accuses him of recklessness. Kerr Avon, played by Paul Darrow. Avon is an electronics and computer expert who once attempted to steal 5 million credits from the Federation banking system, he distrusts emotion, he attempts to pursue a code based on logic and reason. This causes him conflict with Blake, he becomes a reluctant rebel, agreeing to participate only on the basis that he will control Liberator once the Federation is destroyed. At times, he seems motivated by financial gain and shows his readiness to put companions in danger in order to protect himself, he has an sometimes playful relationship with Servalan. Avon appears in 51 of the series' 52 episodes, being absent o
Redcap (TV series)
Redcap is a British television series produced by ABC Weekend Television and broadcast on the ITV network. It starred John Thaw as Sergeant John Mann, a member of the Special Investigation Branch of the Royal Military Police and ran for two series and 26 episodes between 1964 and 1966. Other actors appearing in the series included Kenneth Colley, Keith Barron, Windsor Davies, David Battley and Allan Cuthbertson; the series was created by Jack Bell and employed a variety of writers including Roger Marshall, Troy Kennedy-Martin, Jeremy Paul, Robert Holles and Richard Harris. Of the run, 23 of the 26 episodes still exist. Spearhead Soldier Soldier Redcap on IMDb
Diana Dors was an English film actress and singer. She first came to public notice as a blonde bombshell in the style of American Marilyn Monroe, as promoted by her first husband, Dennis Hamilton via sex film-comedies and risqué modelling. After it turned out that Hamilton had been defrauding her, she continued to play up to her established image, she made tabloid headlines with the parties held at her house, she showed a genuine talent for TV, cabaret, gained new popularity as a regular chat-show guest. According to David Thomson, "Dors represented that period between the end of the war and the coming of Lady Chatterley in paperback, a time when sexuality was naughty and fit to burst." Diana Mary Fluck was born in Wiltshire, on 23 October 1931 at the Haven Nursing Home. Her mother Winifred. Mary had been having an affair with another man, when she announced she was pregnant with Diana, she admitted she had no clear idea if he or her husband was the father. Diana was educated at Colville House.
She enjoyed the cinema. Having excelled in her elocution studies, after lying about her age, at 14 she was offered a place to study at London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, becoming the college's youngest student, she lodged at the Earls Court YWCA, supplemented her £2 per week allowance, most of, spent on her lodgings, by posing for the London Camera Club for one guinea an hour. Signed to the Gordon Harbord Agency in her first term, she won a bronze medal, awarded by Peter Ustinov, in her second won a silver with honours. Having acted in public theatre pieces for LAMDA productions, Dors made her screen debut in the noir film The Shop at Sly Corner being cast in a walk-on role that developed into a speaking part: her pay rate was £8 per day for three days. During the signing of contracts, in agreement with her father, she changed her contractual surname to Dors, the maiden name of her maternal grandmother. Dors commented on her name: They asked me to change my name. I suppose they were afraid that if my real name Diana Fluck was in lights and one of the lights blew...
Returning to LAMDA, two weeks she was asked by her agent to audition for Holiday Camp by dancing a jitterbug with actor John Blythe. Gainsborough Studios gave her the part at a pay rate of £10 per day for four days, her next film was Dancing with Crime, shot at Twickenham Studios opposite Richard Attenborough during the coldest winter for nearly 50 years, for which she was paid £10 per day for 15 days. Following her return to LAMDA, she graduated in spring 1947 by winning the London Films Cup, awarded to LAMDA by Sir Alexander Korda, she timed her return to Swindon to visit her parents, with the local release of The Shop at Sly Corner. At the age of 16, she signed a contract with the Rank Organisation, joined J. Arthur Rank's "Charm School" for young actors, subsequently appearing in many of their films, she received a great deal of publicity in part because of her willingness to be photographed in glamour shots and attending premieres. An August 1947 article said her nickname was "The Body".
Dors had a small role in The Calendar, a good part in Good-Time Girl, as a troubled teen being warned at the beginning and end of the film. She had a bigger part in a B, Penny and the Pownall Case, a tiny role in a prestigious film, Oliver Twist. In August 1948 Rank announced Dors would be one of its young players that they would be "building up" into stars. After a bit in My Sister and I, Dors was given a showy comic support part in Here Come the Huggetts, a series that followed Holiday Camp, she was so well received. Dors impressed in small roles in two further comedies It's Not A Boy, a Girl and a Bike. Rank promoted Dors to leading roles in 1949's Diamond City, a commercially unsuccessful story of a boom town in South Africa in 1870. Dors played a saloon owner. Better received. After an appearance with Barbara Murray in The Cat and the Canary at the Connaught Theatre, Dors was contracted out to Elstree Studios, they cast her in the play Man of the World with Lionel Jeffries, which opened at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre, capped her works that year to win her Theatre World magazine's Actress of the Year Award.
However, with Rank now £18 million in debt, Rank closed their "Charm School" and made Dors redundant. She had a leading role in a TV movie for the BBC, Face to Face and supported Ronald Shiner in Worm's Eye View, a popular comedy. With her boyfriend in jail and having just undergone her first abortion, Dors met Dennis Hamilton Gittins in May 1951 while filming Lady Godiva Rides Again for Rank, a film which has uncredited appearances by Joan Collins, a four-months pregnant Ruth Ellis; the couple married five weeks at Caxton Hall on Monday, 3 July 1951. Dors played characters suffering from unrequited love, by the mid-1950s, she was known as "the English Marilyn Monroe". Hamilton made sure that she had the lifestyle attachments of a sex symbol, agreeing to a lease-deal with Rolls-Royce such that a headline could be created in the tabloids that, at the age of 20, she was the youngest registered k
Sunningdale is a populous village with a retail area and a civil parish in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead. It takes up the extreme south-east corner of England, it has a railway station on the Waterloo to Reading Line and is adjoined by green buffers including Sunningdale Golf Club and Wentworth Golf Club. Its northern peripheral estates adjoin Virginia Water Lake. Sunningdale adjoins Surrey, lies across Sunninghill from Ascot, it is south of Virginia Water Lake. It is centred 23.2 miles west south-west of London. Major nearest towns are spread 5.5 to 6.5 miles away: Bracknell, Staines upon Thames and Woking. It is connected to two of these by the A30 old trunk road, via which Camberley benefits from a flyover over the main intersecting road at Bagshot. Sunningdale has a railway station on the Waterloo to Reading line; the A30, here bypassed by the M3 motorway a few miles distant, has one level crossing, in the 19th century built near to the middle of the settlement. The present-day civil parish of Sunningdale came into existence in 1894 under the provisions of the Local Government Act 1894.
It was, until 1995 in Berkshire and in Surrey. The Surrey area of the village, known as Broomhall, was split between the boroughs of Surrey Heath and Runnymede; this original arrangement caused problems and was resolved after much consultation locally between the two county councils, three borough councils and four parish councils. As a result its former Surrey neighbourhoods merged with the rest in the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, in the Royal County of Berkshire; the area is popular with professional golfers due to its adjoining green buffers including Sunningdale Golf Club and Wentworth Golf Club. Charters is a Grade-2 listed art deco mansion, built in 1938 for the industrialist Frank Parkinson by the architects Adie and Partners, it was built on the site of an earlier house built in the late 1860s by William Terrick Hamilton. Parkinson's guests included the Duke and Duchess of Windsor. In 1949, the house was bought by Sir Montague Burton, it became a corporate headquarters and has since been redeveloped as an apartment complex and spa.
Now the Coworth Park Hotel, this is a late 18th-century country house. It was the home of Edward Stanley, 17th Earl of Derby, the early 20th century Secretary of State for War and British Ambassador to France; the Sunningdale Agreement was signed at Sunningdale Park, at the Civil Service Staff College on 9 December 1973, a precursor of the Northern Ireland peace process. Joseph Dalton Hooker died in Sunningdale. Agatha Christie lived at Styles in Sunningdale in the early 1920s. Darren Clarke Paul McGinley 20th century famous residents have included Richard Beckinsale, Cliff Richard, former footballer Gary Lineker, Music Business Executive Marcus Österdahl, British pop group Five Star who resided at the Stone Court estate, London Road, between 1987 and 1990, Chesney Hawkes, Brian Blessed, Diana Dors, Nanette Newman and her daughter Emma Forbes and Billy Ocean. Sunningdale Parish Council Web Site
Department S (TV series)
Department S is a British spy-fi adventure series, produced by ITC Entertainment. It consists of 28 episodes which aired in 1969 and 1970, it stars Peter Wyngarde as author Jason King, Joel Fabiani as Stewart Sullivan, Rosemary Nicols as computer expert Annabelle Hurst. These three are agents for a fictional special department of Interpol; the head of Department S is Sir Curtis Seretse. "When a case proves too baffling for the minds of Interpol, they turn to the talents of Department S." – from the ITC trailer for the series. The series was created by Dennis Spooner and Monty Berman, although neither man wrote any of the episodes. Episodes were instead written by ITC regulars such as Philip Broadley. Many of the directors on the show had worked on other ITC shows such as The Saint, Danger Man and Randall and Hopkirk; the series was filmed on 35mm and designed, like all ITC's film productions, to fit the United States commercial format. Although episodes begin with a cold open, the episode title and director credits appear on screen before the opening title sequence, though after the theme tune has started.
With a few exceptions, the principal cast is always studio-bound. Some exteriors are represented by studio buildings, while the rest are shown in second-unit footage using doubles where necessary. Outside locations were restricted to the Hertfordshire countryside in the vicinity of Borehamwood. At least one foreign location was used. Otherwise, foreign locations are established by the use of stock footage. To further cut costs, the series was produced back-to-back with Hopkirk. Department S is a division of Interpol headed by international bureaucrat Sir Curtis Seretse, its headquarters is in Paris and its members investigate international cases that other crime agencies cannot solve. The team itself is led by American and former FBI agent Stewart Sullivan, who takes direction from Seretse. Outside of his FBI experience, little is known about Sullivan except that he is pragmatic and hands-on, does much of the leg-work, confronting the criminals. Jason King is the ideas man, but helps in the field.
He is an adventure novelist. The living he makes writing novels affords him a hedonistic lifestyle, he is seen with beautiful women though he has no permanent love interest in the series. King serves as comic relief in the series in scenes of hand-to-hand combat where he winds up being subdued as as he prevails. Annabelle Hurst is a computer analyst as well as a field investigator. A attractive woman, Hurst sometimes appears in seductive, glamorous disguises. There are ongoing hints of romantic interest between Hurst during the series. A repeat run of Department S began on ITV4 in November 2005, alongside others of a large number of similar ITC productions; the first two episodes of Department S were released on a now-deleted DVD in Britain by Carlton Television. Department S was released on DVD in Australia by Umbrella Entertainment in a box set; this version is in PAL with no region code. Network released the series on DVD in the United Kingdom featuring many exclusive extras, including commentaries and part of a documentary series covering Jason King: Wanna Watch a Television Series?
Chapter One: Variations on a Theme. Department S first appeared in high definition on Blu-Ray as a single episode on Retro Action Volume 1 released by Network Distributing on 19 September 2011; this contained the episode "A Small War of Nerves". Volume-by-volume release of the entire series in new high-definition transfers on Blu-Ray began in 2017, with the first available on 27 February. There are six volumes in total. A complete Box Set of the entire series was released on October 2nd 2017. Regions are A, B & C: https://www.blu-ray.com/movies/Department-S-The-Complete-Series-Blu-ray/186594/ Peter Wyngarde – Jason King Joel Fabiani – Stewart Sullivan Rosemary Nicols – Annabelle Hurst Dennis Alaba Peters – Sir Curtis Seretse Filming took place between April 1968 and June 1969. The airdates are for ATV Midlands. ITV regions varied order; the production numbers here refer to ITC synopsis guide numbers and the sequence in the Network DVD booklet. Grim's Dyke Department S on IMDb British Film Institute Screen Online