Stranger on the Shore (TV serial)

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Stranger on the Shore
Genre Drama
Written by Sheila Hodgson
Directed by Kevin Sheldon
Opening theme "Stranger on the Shore" by Acker Bilk
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 5
Producer(s) Kevin Sheldon
Running time 30 minutes
Original network BBC TV
Original release 21 September (1961-09-21) – 22 October 1961 (1961-10-22)
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.[1] It was subsequently released as a single, spending 55 weeks in the UK singles chart[2] and becoming the best-selling record of 1962 in the U.S. chart.[3]


  • 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


  1. ^ "Acker Bilk's Biography". Acker's Music Agency. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  2. ^ "Uni honours musician Acker Bilk". BBC News. 18 July 2005. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 
  3. ^ "Year End Charts - Year-end Singles - The Billboard Hot 100". Archived from the original on 11 December 2007. Retrieved 5 May 2014. 

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