All Quiet on the Preston Front

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All Quiet on the Preston Front
Also known as Preston Front
Genre Comedy
Written by Tim Firth
Directed by Brian Farnham
Starring Colin Buchanan
Caroline Catz
Adrian Hood
Alistair McGowan
Susan Wooldridge
Lucy Akhurst
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 19
Production
Producer(s) Chris Griffin
Location(s) Church Street, Padiham, Lancashire, United Kingdom
Running time 40 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Original run 4 January 1994 – 8 September 1997

All Quiet on the Preston Front is a BBC comedy drama about a group of friends in the fictional Lancashire town of Roker Bridge, and their links to the local Territorial Army infantry platoon. It was created by Tim Firth.

Episodes[edit]

Three series were made. For series two and three the title was shortened to Preston Front, as the series became less about the TA and more about the personal lives of the protagonists.

Series One[edit]

  1. "Hodge's Girlfriend" (4 January 1994); director: Brian Farnham
  2. "Ally's Husband" (11 January 1994); director: Brian Farnham
  3. "Eric's Job" (18 January 1994); director: Brian Farnham
  4. "Lloydy's Fish" (25 January 1994); director: Brian Farnham
  5. "Diesel's Garage" (1 February 1994); director: Brian Farnham
  6. "Kirsty's Biscuit" (8 February 1994); director: Brian Farnham

Series Two[edit]

  1. "Dawn's Ball" (16 July 1995); director: Marcus Mortimer
  2. "Laura's Mousse" (23 July 1995); director: Marcus Mortimer
  3. "Spock's Leg" (30 July 1995); director: Marcus Mortimer
  4. "Polson's Lilo" (6 August 1995); director: Betsan Morris Evans
  5. "Diesel's Out of Body Experience" (13 August 1995); director: Betsan Morris Evans
  6. "Lloydy's Ark" (27 August 1995); director: Betsan Morris Evans

Series Three[edit]

  1. "Hodge's Driving Test" (21 July 1997); director: Chris Bernard
  2. "Eric's Won Ton" (28 July 1997); director: Chris Bernard
  3. "Lloydy's House Warming" (4 August 1997); director: Chris Bernard
  4. "Spock's Dilated Pupil" (11 August 1997); director: Chris Bernard
  5. "Polson's Mess" (18 August 1997); director: Rick Stroud
  6. "Diesel's Ostrich" (1 September 1997); director: Rick Stroud
  7. "Jeanetta's Marijuana" (8 September 1997); director: Rick Stroud
Locations

Although set in Lancashire, where the majority of filming took place, some scenes were filmed at locations in the Midlands, including the Black Country Museum.[1]

Principal characters[edit]

  • Private David 'Hodge' Gadd, a garden centre assistant (Colin Buchanan)
  • Private Wayne 'Eric' Disley, Hodge's best friend, a bit of a loser (Paul Haigh)
  • Private Dawn Lomax, a trainee teacher (although she later leaves college) and new recruit to the transport section, Eric's girlfriend (later wife) (Caroline Catz)
  • Private Simon 'Spock' Matlock, a history teacher and intellectual (Stephen Tompkinson in series one, Alistair MacGowan thereafter)
  • Private Tony 'Lloydy' Lloyd, a farm labourer (later wealthy after inventing a successful boardgame), the platoon clown (Adrian Hood)
  • Private (later Lance-Corporal) Derek 'Diesel' Moyle, a garage owner (Tony Marshall)
  • Corporal (later Officer Cadet) Alison 'Ally' Minshull, NCO in charge of the transport section, Spock's sister, unhappily married to a local solicitor (Kate Gartside)
  • Corporal (later Sergeant) Peter 'Pete' Polson, the friends' section commander, a former regular NCO, now manager of a hotel leisure centre (David MacCreedy)
  • Jeanetta Scarry, an older woman with whom Hodge had a one-night stand five years before (Susan Wooldridge in series one and two, Carolyn Pickles theafter)
  • Kirsty, Jeanetta's and Hodge's young daughter (Holly Grainger)
  • Lieutenant Carl Rundle, the platoon commander, a junior hotel manager, in love with Ally (Keiran Flynn)
  • Laura Delooze, a singer and waitress, briefly Hodge's girlfriend (Lucy Akhurst)
  • Peter Wang, owner of the local Chinese restaurant (Ozzie Yue)
  • Melanie 'Mel' Polson, Polson's younger sister, later Hodge's girlfriend (Angela Lonsdale; series three only)
  • Mrs Ruddock, owner of the garden centre where Hodge works (Matyelock Gibbs; series one and three)
  • Declan, a plastic surgeon, later Jeanetta's boyfriend (Oliver Cotton; series three only)

Awards[edit]

  • Best Comedy Drama, Comedy awards[2]
  • RTS Award for Best Series[2]
  • Best Series Award at the San Francisco Television Festival[2]
  • Nominated for BAFTA Award for Best Series[2]
  • Writer's Guild of Great Britain Best Original Drama Series Award[2]
  • RTS Midlands Best Drama Series[2]
  • Nominated for British Comedy Awards[2]

References and notes[edit]

  1. ^ "The Real Roker Bridge" The Preston Front Page
  2. ^ a b c d e f g "Television: Preston Front" TimFirth.com

External links[edit]

Tim Firth's official website (writer of Preston Front): http://www.timfirth.com