Bill Brand (TV series)
|Created by||Trevor Griffiths|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||11|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Original release||7 June– 16 August 1976|
Written by Trevor Griffiths, the series charts the political progress of the eponymous Brand, who becomes a Labour Party Member of Parliament for a Lancashire constituency after retaining the seat at a by-election with a small majority. A former Liberal Studies lecturer at a local Technical college, Brand finds the demands of his career at odds with his left-wing convictions.
Produced as one series of eleven episodes, Bill Brand stars Jack Shepherd in the title role. Arthur Lowe appeared as the Prime Minister, Arthur Watson (a character loosely based on Harold Wilson). Alan Badel played a left-wing Cabinet minister, David Last (a character based on Michael Foot), connected with The Journal, a thinly disguised Tribune newspaper. The decline of the textile industry, a major employer in Brand's constituency, is a secondary theme of the series. Geoffrey Palmer and Nigel Hawthorne were cast as moderate Trade ministers; the latter meets a delegation including Brand because his superior is engaged at a "City junket". Cherie Lunghi played Alex, a young woman with whom Brand has been having an extra-marital affair. The main cast also included Lynn Farleigh, as Brand's estranged wife, Rosemary Martin, as an MP who shares the same London house with Brand and other Labour MPs, and Colin Jeavons as a local constituency activist.
- Jack Shepherd as Bill Brand
- Lynn Farleigh as Miriam Brand
- Rosemary Martin as Winnie Scoular
- Cherie Lunghi as Alex Ferguson
- Allan Surtees as Alf Jowett
- Clifford Kershaw as Frank Hilton
- Alan Badel as David Last
- Colin Jeavons as Bernard Shaw
- Arthur Lowe as Arthur Watson
- Geoffrey Palmer as Malcolm Frear
- Nigel Hawthorne as Browning
The series was released on DVD in the UK in 2011.
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