Stranger on the Shore (TV serial)
|Stranger on the Shore|
|Written by||Sheila Hodgson|
|Directed by||Kevin Sheldon|
|Opening theme||"Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Original network||BBC TV|
|Original release||21 September– 22 October 1961|
|Followed by||Stranger in the City|
Stranger on the Shore is a British television drama serial first broadcast by the BBC in 1961. It was written by Sheila Hodgson, and produced and directed by Kevin Sheldon. The five-episode series portrays Marie-Hélène Ronsin, a young French teenager, on her first trip to England as an au pair. Speaking some English, but very shy, she lives with a family in Brighton, and faces the challenges of culture shock. The series was followed the following year by a sequel, entitled Stranger in the City.
Acker Bilk's "Jenny" was renamed "Stranger on the Shore" when it was chosen as the theme for the series. It was subsequently released as a single, spending 55 weeks in the UK singles chart and becoming the best-selling record of 1962 in the U.S. chart.
- Jeanne Le Bars as Marie-Hélène Ronsin
- Amanda Grinling as Penelope Gough
- Beatrix Mackey as Mrs. Gough
- Richard Vernon as David Gough
- Denis Gilmore as Paul (Podger) Gough
- "Acker Bilk's Biography". Acker's Music Agency. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- "Uni honours musician Acker Bilk". BBC News. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 5 May 2014.
- "Year End Charts - Year-end Singles - The Billboard Hot 100". Billboard.com. Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2014.