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TV Drama

General Hospital 1972-79

A series set in a large, modern hospital building and followed the oscillating relationships, personal and professionals, of the medical staff.

Broadcast details
ITV, 19 October 1972 (30 mins/60 mins)
Production company
ATV
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Editor
Ian Fordyce;Royston Morley
Credits
Brian Finch;  Max Marquis
Cast
Adams, Tony (Dr Neville Bywater); Garth, David (Dr Matthew Armstrong); Kerry, James (Dr Martin Baxter); Leigh-Hunt, Ronald (Dr Robert Thorne); Buxton, Judy (Nurse Katy Shaw); Sinclair, Peggy (Sister Helen Chapman); Bellingham, Lynda (Nurse Hilda Price); Jones, Lewis (Dr William Parker-Brown); Munroe, Carmen (Sister Washington); White, Ian (Dr Peter Ridge);
Notes
19 October 1972 - 19 December 1979, 110 x 30 mins, then 54 x 60 mins episodes. Initially twice weekly afternoon. In 1975 it became an hour long programme and was seen in peak viewing time.

Angels 1975-1983

A hospital based drama serial following the lives of a group of student nurses as they tried to cope with their work at St. Angela's hospital, their chaotic personal lives, and each other. It was a kind of gritty, semi-documentary look at the nursing profession.

Broadcast details
BBC1, 1975 (50 minutes/25 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Credits
Milne, Paula
Cast
Fullerton, Fiona; Cole, Julie Dawn; Cheriton, Shirley; Apanowicz, Kathryn; Quirke, Pauline;
Notes
Drama television: 57 episodes x 50 mins (Dir Ron Craddock) and 97 episodes x 25 mins (Dirs Julia Smith and Ben Rea). The 25 minute episodes were transmitted twice weekly (Monday and Wednesday)

Telford's Change

Drama series about Mark Telford, an international banking hotshot, who yearns for the simple life and achieves it, against his London-based, career-carving wife's wishes, by getting himself transferred to the managership of a small branch bank.

Broadcast details
BBC2, 7 January 1979 (50 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Director
Mark Shivas
Editor
Barry Davis
Credits
Brian Clark
Cast
Barkworth, Peter; Gordon, Hannah; Barron, Keith
Notes
10 episodes x 50 mins. 7/1 - 11/3/79

The Network (about a maternity clinic)

Play about an exclusive maternity clinic

Series
Play for Today 1979-1983
Broadcast details
BBC1, 20 December 1979 (75 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Editor
Derek Lister

Minor Complications

TV play by Peter Ransley, based on the actual case, about a divorced mother, with two children to support, whose sterilisation operation goes badly wrong. Follows her fight to get compensation.

Series
Play for Today 1979-1983
Broadcast details
BBC1, 18 November 1980 (75 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Director
Moira Armstrong
Credits
Peter Ransley
Cast
Various

Serial: The History Man

Sociology lecturer Howard Kirk who with his wife Barbara were well known as Watermouth University’s most 'progressive' couple.

Series
The History Man
Broadcast details
BBC2, 4 January 1981 (50/60 minutes)
Production company
BBC Birmingham
Medium
TV
Genre
comedy series
Producer
Michael Wearing
Director
Robert Knights
Credits
Christopher Hampton
Cast
Sher, Anthony; James, Geraldine; Blair, Isla; Brooke, Paul; Davenport, Laura; Quilligan, Veronica; Steed, Maggie
Notes
2 eps X 50 mins, 2 eps X 60 mins satirical serial

The Cause (hospital worker and Spanish Civil War)

George Harley reminisces about his days fighting in the Spanish Civil War, during his involvement in a union dispute at the London hospital at which he is a union official.

Series
Play for Today 1979-1983
Broadcast details
BBC1, 3 February 1981 (75 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Director
Barry Davis

Maybury 1981-1983

The first drama series to be set in hospital psychiatric unit, presenting stories reflecting typical case histories. The aim was to demythologize mental illness and psychiatry in an entertaining fashion.

Broadcast details
BBC2, 12 May 1981 (50 mins)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Director
Ruth Boswell
Editor
Barry Davis;Michael Simpson
Credits
David Pownall;  Don Taylor
Cast
Stewart, Patrick
Notes
13 episodes x 50 mins/7 episodes x 50 mins. Shown 12 May to 4 August 1981 & 24 June to 5 August 1983

Going Gently

Thomas Ellice's psychologically and emotionally stunning play features a pair of terminal cancer patients and their nurse in a bleak hospital ward setting.

Broadcast details
BBC2, 5 June 1981 (70 mins)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Director
Stephen Frears
Editor
Innes Lloyd
Credits
Thomas Ellice (adapted for television from the novel by Robert C.S. Downs)
Cast
Wisdom, Norman; Mackay, Fulton; Dench, Judi;

No Visible Scar (a nurse and a terrorist organisation)

A wounded member of a terrorist organisation is tended by a British nurse...she is imprisoned, interrogated and then released to face another form of interrogation.

Series
Play for Today 1979-1983
Broadcast details
BBC1, 17 November 1981 (75 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Director
Moira Armstrong
Credits
Rosemary Davies
Cast
Various
Notes
Based on the true story of Sheila Cassidy, arrested and tortured in Chile in 1975

Tishoo

By the mid-1980's the economy has not improved. For 17 years Prof. Frank Merrick has been working on a cure for the common cold. He is very near success, but he has to avoid being a victim of the cutbacks.

Series
Play for Today 1979-1983
Broadcast details
BBC1, 9 March 1982 (75 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Director
Gerald Blake
Credits
Brian Thompson
Cast
Various

Boys from the Black Stuff

This black comedy-drama about the individual and collective lives of a Merseyside tarmac gang developed from Alan Bleasdale’s 110-minute play The Black Stuff (BBC-2, 2/1/80). The play was produced by David Rose from BBC Birmingham.

Broadcast details
BBC2, 10 October 1982- 7 November 1982
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
Michael Wearing
Editor
Philip Saville
Credits
Alan Bleasdale
Cast
Michael Angelis;  Bernard Hill;  Tom Georgeson;  Alan Igbon;  Peter Kerrigan;  Gary Bleasdale
Notes
The first series ran from 10 October - 7 November 1982

Walter

A mentally handicapped man, Walter, is taken to live in a long-stay mental hospital after the death of his mother.

Broadcast details
Channel 4, 2 November 1982 (75 minutes)
Production company
Central Independent Television/Randel Evans Prod'ns for Channel 4
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Producer
Nigel Evans;Richard Creasey
Director
Stephen Frears
Credits
David Cook
Cast
Jefford, Barbara (Mother); McKellen, Ian (Walter); Melody, Tony (Mr Hingley); Whybrow, Arthur (Father); Ryall, David (Mr Richards); Polan, Linda (Miss Rushden)
Notes
Broadcast on the first night of Channel Four.  See Screen Online:  http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/510827/index.html

Intensive Care

Denis is determined to be there when his father dies. But Dad lingers on, the hospital wants Denis out of the way and maybe Denis wants his Dad out of the way...until night nurse Valery arrives.

Series
Play for Today 1979-1983
Broadcast details
BBC1, 9 November 1982 (75 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Director
Gavin Millar

Byker

The changing face of a close-knit working-class community from the late 1960s to the early 1980s

Broadcast details
Channel Four, 1983
Production company
Amber Films/ Northern Arts
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Director
Sirkka-Liisa Konttinen
Cast
Chester, Cathy; Day, Norma; Denman, Joel; Doran, Gwen; Fulton, Nora
Notes
Amber Films, founded in Newcastle 1968, became one of Channel Four's regional workshops.  They have produced a consistent output of documentaries and docudramas rooted in the working class life of the North East of England.www.amber-online.com


Financial assistance for Byker also came from Northern Arts

The Ploughman’s Lunch

In 1982, at the time of the Conservative Party Conference following the Falklands War, an ambitious radio journalist researches a book about Suez, whilst pursuing an affair with a woman television researcher whose mother, a Socialist historian, has also written on the subject.

Broadcast date
1983
Production company
Greenpoint Films; Goldcrest Films and Television; Michael White
Medium
Film
Genre
Drama
Producer
Richard Eyre
Director
Simon Relph;Ann Scott
Credits
Ian McEwan
Cast
Pryce, Jonathan (James Penfield); Curry, Tim (Jeremy Hancock); Haris, Rosemary (Ann Barrington); Finlay, Frank (Matthew Fox); Dore, Charlie (Susan Barrington); De Keyzer, David (Tom Gold)

Birth of a Nation

First of four acclaimed dramas by David Leland looking at different aspects of young people and education. In the first play a comprehensive schoolteacher objects to the use of corporal punishment.

Broadcast details
ITV, 19 June 1983 (150 mins)
Production company
Central TV
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
Patrick Cassavetti;Margaret Matheson
Editor
Mike Newell
Credits
David Leland
Cast
Broadbent, Jim

Flying into the Wind

The second drama of Birth of a Nation features the problems of a family choosing to educate their children at home.

Series
Birth of a Nation
Broadcast details
ITV, 26 June 1983 (150 mins)
Production company
Central TV
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
Margaret Matheson
Editor
Edward Bennett
Credits
David Leland

The Nation's Health  1983

Four-part drama series in which writer, G.F.Newman, presents his thesis that doctors under the present system do their patients more harm than good. He explores this through the character of Dr Jessie Marvill, a young hospital doctor who finds her work is causing her to question the attitudes of those around her and her own beliefs about the proper practice of medicine.
Acute  6 October 1983 21:30;                        
Decline  13 October 1983;                               
Chronic  20 October 1983;                             
Collapse  27 October 1983

Broadcast details
Channel 4, 6 October 1983  21.30 (100 minutes)
Production company
Euston Films Ltd Production
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Director
Les Blair
Editor
Irving Teitelbaum
Credits
G.F.Newman
Cast
Ritchie, Vivienne; Shaw, Sebastian; McDiarmid, Ian; Boyde, William; Thompson, Alan; Moriarty, P.H.; Ireson, Richard, Fox, Julian
Notes
See Sherryl Wilson's paper on the 'No Such thing as society' website:                         http://www.nosuch-research.co.uk/index.htmlalso see BFI Screen online:

Made in Britain

The fourth drama in Birth of a Nation features the articulate skinhead Trevor

Series
Birth of a Nation
Broadcast details
ITV; Channel 4, 10 July 1983; 2 May 1984 (85 mins)
Production company
Central TV
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
Margaret Matheson
Director
Alan Clarke
Credits
David Leland
Cast
Roth, Tim

Rhino

The third drama of Birth of a Nation features a 14 year old playing truant from school to look after a 3 year old.

Series
Birth of a Nation
Broadcast details
ITV, 3 July 1983; 26 April 1985; (85 mins)
Production company
Central TV
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Director
Margaret Matheson
Cast
MacLeod, Delta (Charley); Patridge, Andrew (Gary); Buffong, Michael (Mr Bartlett); Warrior, James (Phil); Fairbrace, Penny (Key worker); McCarthy, Barry (Superintendent); Oliver, Ronald (Angie's Father); Fagon, Alfred (Tony);

Auf Wiedersehen Pet 1983-86;

A popular comedy-drama series about a group of seven British migrant construction workers: Wayne, Dennis, Oz, Bomber, Barry, Neville and Moxey who, in Series 1, are living and working on a German building site.

Broadcast details
ITV then BBC1, 11 November 1983 (50 - 60 minutes)
Production company
Central for ITV and Witzend Productions for BBC-1
Medium
TV
Genre
Comedy-Drama
Producer
Dick Clement;Ian La Frenais
Credits
Roddam, Franc; Clement, Dick; La Frenais, Ian
Cast
Heally, Tim; Whately, Kevin; Nail, Jimmy; Holton, Gary; Spall, Timothy; Roach, Pat; Fairbank, Christopher
Notes
TV drama:11 November 1983 – 29 December 2004, 50mins (1983-1986), 60 mins (2002-2004), Series 4, Episodes 40

ITV (1983-1986), Repeated on BBC-1 (2002-2004)

Meantime

Memorably bleak Mike Leigh film about feuding East London families. The travails of an East London family, all of whose members are unemployed.

Broadcast details
Channel 4, 1 December 1983 (102 minutes)
Production company
Central Production, Mostpoint for Channel Four
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Producer
Graham Benson
Director
Mike Leigh
Cast
Bailey, Marion (Barbara); Daniels, Phil (Mark); Roth, Tim (Colin); Ferris, Pam (Mavis); Robert, Jeff (Frank); Molina, Alfred (John); Oldman, Gary (Coxy);

District Nurse  1984-1987

Megan Roberts was a district nurse trying to do her job around the villages of South Wales in the 1920s and often in conflict with the hypocrisy of the tight-knit communities. In the later series set during the 1930s she lived int he chaotic household of Dr Emlyn Isaacs who practiced in a Welsh seaside town.

Broadcast details
BBC1, 1984 (30 mins)
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
Julia Smith
Cast
Hughes, Nerys; Jones, Freddie;

Howards' Way 1985-1990

Set in the lush countryside of Hampshire and along the River Hamble: the wealthy world of swanky yachts, powerboats, and marine business originally centred on Tom Howard, a former aircraft designer who took his career and the family funds into the boatyard industry.

Broadcast details
BBC1, 1985 (50 - 55 minutes)
Production company
BBC
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
Gerrard Glaister
Credits
Glaister, Gerard; Prior, Allan;
Cast
Colbourne, Maurice; Harvey, Jan; Highmore, Edward; Childs, Tracey; Gray, Dulcie; Owen, Glyn; Gilmore, Susan; Yardley, Stephen;

Defence of the Realm

A tabloid journalist investigating a parliamentary sex scandal uncovers a darker story involving a top-level government cover-up.

Series
Film 4
Broadcast details
Channel Four (Film 4), 1985
Production company
Enigma Films; Rank Film Productions; National Film Finance Corporation
Medium
TV
Genre
Film drama
Producer
David Puttnam
Director
David Drury
Credits
Martin Stellman
Cast
Byrne, Gabriel (Nick Mullen); Schacchi, Greta (Nina Beckman); Elliot, Denholm (Vernon Bayliss); Bannen, Ian (Dennis Markham); MacKay, Fulton (Victor Kingsbrook); Paterson, Bill (Jack Macleod)

Sharon and Elsie

When Elsie decides that life would be more convenient if she and Sharon worked a flexi-time system, she doesn't realize that she is stirring up industrial unrest.

Series
Sharon and Elsie
Broadcast details
BBC1, 1985 (30 mins)
Production company
BBC Manchester
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Director
Mike Stephens
Credits
Arline Whittaker
Cast
Forsyth, Brigit; Beverley, Janette; Landry, John;

The Practice 1985-6

Life in a modern Health Centre - and another busy day as patients and staff face questions such as: Should a man with a bad heart drive a taxi? Is my vasectomy really necessary? Can the doctors help?

Broadcast details
ITV, 18 January 1985, 20:00 (30 mins)
Production company
Granada Television
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
June Howson
Director
Sita Williams
Editor
Sarah Harding
Credits
Mike Stott
Cast
Fraser, John (Dr Lawrence Golding); Morris, Ted (Edwin Nottley); Buck, David (Les Utley); Barker, Judith (Pauline Kent); Forsyth, Brigit (Dr Judith Vincent); Latham, Bernard (Kevin Eccles); Kennedy, Joyce (Dorothy Fuller); Barlow, Jonathan (Tony Montgomery); Rutherford, Susan (Patricia Milne); Brierley, Tim (Dr David Armitage); James, Rachel (Debra Bates); O'Brien, Eileen (Carol Stansfield); Halliwell, Steve (Peter Bishop); Holmes, Michelle (Susan Turner); Meagher, Karen (Justine Montgomery); O'Neill, Lesley Clare (Annette Eccles); Forbes, Frank Allan (Raymond Bailey); Lewis, Howard Lloyd (PC Harry Harris); Ward, Howard (Garry, carsalesman)
Notes
Compared by Vahimagi (British Television BFI 1996) to ATV's General Hospital (1972-79) which began as an 'afternoon stethoscope saga' at 30mins, then was transferred (1975) to peak viewing time at 1 hour, and dealt with 'oscillating relations' between the medical staff.

The Setbacks: Doctor's Orders (problems encountering the NHS)

Series in which the Setback family encounter the problems involved with dealing with the National Health Service and with doctors.

Series
The Setbacks: Doctor's Orders
Broadcast details
Channel 4, 9 December 1985 (50 minutes)
Production company
Thames Television
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
Alan Afriat
Director
Alan Afriat
Credits
David Stafford
Cast
Rowlands, Patsy; Marsh, Reginald;

Blood Red Roses

Broadcast details
Channel 4, 1986 (55 minutes)
Production company
Freeway Films/Lorimar
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
John McGrath
Cast
MacLennan, Elizabeth (Bessie Gordon); Grant, James (Sandy); Fisher, Gregor (Alex McGuigan); Archibald, Dawn (Catriona); Beattie, Louise (Young Bessie); Walker, Amanda (Ella);
Notes
4-18-12/1986 3 x 55 minutes

A Very Peculiar Practice 1986-1988

Satirical drama series about a crisis stricken university. A young doctor in his new job as part of a group practice at Lowlands University. But his enthusiasm takes a knock as he gets to know his new colleagues and observes life at the University.

Broadcast details
BBC, 21 May 1986 (50 minutes)
Production company
BBC 1
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
David Tucker
Credits
Andrew Davies
Cast
Davison, Peter (Stephen Daker); Crowden, Graham (Jock McCannon); Flynn, Barbara (Rose Marie); Troughton, David (Bob Buzzard); Hillwood, Amanda (Lyn Turtle);
Notes
21 May 1986-6 April 1988, 2 series of 7 x 50 mins each plus 1 special (A Very Polish Practice, 6 September 1992)

Casualty  1986-

Casualty would become the longest running hospital drama series. The first series featured a night shift under threat of closure in the accident and emergency department of a busy general hospital in Bristol. Episodes presented multi-strand stories and many sub-plots.

Broadcast details
BBC, 6 September 1986 (50 minutes)
Production company
BBC1
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Credits
Jeremy Brock;  Paul Unwin;  Peter Salt
Cast
Thompson, Derek (Charlie Fairhead); Shipton, Catherine (Lisa 'Duffy' Duffin); Watson, Julia (Dr Barbara 'Baz' Samuels); Fricker, Brenda (Megan Roach);
Notes
1986-present, 18 series of 50 min episodes.
see Sherryl Wilson's paper on the 'No Such thing as society' research website http://www.nosuch-research.co.uk/index.html

The Last of England

England in the future: a nightmarish journey through a dark landscape of totalitarianism and despair.

Broadcast date
1987
Production company
Anglo International; British Screen
Medium
TV
Genre
Film Drama
Director
Derek Jarman
Cast
Terry, Nigel (Voice); Swinton, Tilda; Leigh, Spencer; McArthur, Gerrard; Phillips, John; Gaynor, Gay; Hawkins, Matthew

The Moneymen

Broadcast date
1987
Medium
TV
Genre
Television drama
Director
John Bruce
Credits
Tony Marchant

For Queen and Country

Reuben, a young black soldier, returns to his council flat in London after fighting in the Falklands war. He and his best friend, Fish, find themselves facing unemployment, poverty and powerlessness, while local tensions threaten to explode in violence.

Broadcast date
1988
Production company
Atlantic Ent. Group; Working Title Films
Medium
Film drama
Genre
Drama
Producer
Martin Stellman
Director
Tim Bevan
Credits
Trix Worrell
Cast
Washington, Denzel (Reuben); Healy, Dorian (Fish); Chapman, Sean (Bob Harper); Redman, Amanda (Stacey); Gonet, Stella (Debbie)

Serial: Campaign

Sarah Copeland, a rising copywriter at the HFK advertising agency, is pitching for the most prestigious account in the business.

Series
Campaign
Broadcast details
BBC2, 6 January 1988 (50/55 minutes)
Production company
BBC Television
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama serial
Producer
Ruth Boswell
Director
Brian Farnham
Credits
Gerard MacDonald
Cast
Dowine, Penny; Bennett, Rosalind; Engels, Robbie; Cardy, David; Fortune, John; Waldhorn, Gary; Daly, Peter-Hugo;
Notes
6 episodes x 50/55 minutes drama serial. 6/1-10/2/88

Serial: A Very British Coup

An elected leftwing Labour government begins a programme of radical change, including the removal of American nuclear weapons from British soil. But it soon finds itself underminded by dark forces in the Establishment.

Series
A Very British Coup
Broadcast details
Channel 4, 19 June 1988 (55 minutes)
Production company
Skreba Films/Parallax Pictures for Channel 4
Medium
TV
Genre
drama serial
Producer
Ann Skinner;Sally Hibbin
Director
Mick Jackson
Credits
Chris Mullin;  Alan Plater
Cast
McAnally, Ray (Harry Perkins); MacNaughtan, Alan (Browne); Allen, Keith (Thompson); Kavanagh, Christine (Liz); Beevers, Geoffrey (Wainwright); Carter, Jim (Newsome); Madoc, Philip (Fison); McInnerny, Tim (Fiennes)
Notes
19/6-3/7/1988 3 x 55 minutes

Serial:Capital City

The high-pressure world of City money traders at a London merchant bank and their professional and personal pursuits was the central theme of this drama series. Senior trader Declan McConnochie was one of the leading characters operating out of international bank Shane Longman.

Series
Capital City 1989-1990
Broadcast details
ITV, 1989 (60 minutes)
Production company
Euston Films Ltd Production for Thames TV
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama serial
Producer
Irving Teitelbaum
Credits
Andrew MacLear
Cast
Hodge, Douglas; Healy, Dorian; Saxon, Rolf; Armstrong, William; Kanska, Joanna; Isaacs, Jason;

Making Out 1989-91

Comedy-drama series about a group of defiant women toiling away at Lyne Electronics, a dilapidated factory making modern technological components.

Broadcast details
BBC1, 1989
Production company
BBC1
Medium
TV
Genre
comedy drama series
Editor
John Chapman
Credits
Franc Roddam
Cast
Clarke, Margi; Kilburn, Melanie; Davies, Rachel; Stelfox, Shirley; Brady, Moya; Tobias, Heather; Bennett, Tracie; Keogh, Barbara; Allen, Keith; Hibbard, Brian

Talking Heads

A stockbroker's widow finds life stripping her of her assets.

Series
Talking Heads
Broadcast details
BBC2, 1989 (35 minutes)
Production company
BBC TV
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Producer
Tristram Powell
Director
Innes Lloyd
Credits
Alan Bennett
Cast
Cole, Stephanie

Elephant

The first of three dramas from Northern Ireland. It is said that for those who live in Northern Ireland the Troubles are easy to ignore as an elephant in your living room. Alan Clarke's film is a chilling commentary on the pitiless sectarian murders that have become an almost routine featuer of the news from Ireland.

Series
three dramas from Northern Ireland
Broadcast details
BBC2, 25 January 1989 (40 minutes)
Production company
BBC Northern Ireland
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama
Producer
Danny Boyle
Director
Alan Clarke

Children's Ward 1989 - 2000

British medical drama set in a children's hospital and told the stories of the patients and staff present there. Aimed at older children and teenagers, Children's Ward was a long-lived series for a children's drama.  During the course of its run, however, Children's Ward won many plaudits for covering difficult issues such as cancer, alcoholism, drug addicton and child abuse in a sensitive manner. The programme won many awards, including in 1996 a BAFTA Children's Award for Best Drama, won by an episode in which a murderer lures children to him via the internet and is - highly unusually for children's television - not eventually caught.

Broadcast details
ITV, 15 March 1989 (30 minutes)
Production company
Granada Television
Medium
TV
Genre
children's drama series
Producer
Steve Finn;Alan Bell
Credits
Paul Abbott;  Kay Mellor
Cast
Harvey, Carol (Dr Charlotte Woods); Higgins, Tom (Dr Gallagher); Luckraft, Jenny (Keely Johnson); Beverley, Janette (Diane Meadows); Vincent, Tim (Billy Ryan);
Notes
15 March 1989- 4 May 2000                                    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Children%27s_Ward
The series was based on the play Blackbird Singing in the Dead of Night.  By Paul Abbott and Kay Mellor for the children's Dramarama anthology strand.  At the time they were Granada staff writers, also working on Coronation Street. Kay Mellor went on to write numerous television dramas, includingBand of Gold ITV (1995) was awarded the OBE in 2009.Paul Abbott, who went on to explore his troubled childhood in Shameless (C4 2004-) originally wanted to set the series in a care home.
Filmed at Bolton General Hospital (now Royal Bolton Hospital), Lancashire.

Medics 1990-1995

The everday lives and loves, trials and tribulations of the doctors, nurses, patients and administrative staff of a large teaching hospital in the north-west of England near the city of Manchester

Broadcast details
ITV, 14 November 1990 (50 minutes)
Production company
Granada Television
Medium
TV
Genre
Drama series
Producer
Richard Standeven;Colm Villa
Credits
Sam Snape
Cast
Harkishin, Jimmi (Dr Jay Rahman, registrar); Baker, Tom (Prof. Geoffrey Hoyt, general surgeon); Cunningham, Emma (Dr Gail Benson, senior house officer); Gaddas, James (Dr Robert Nevin, senior registrar); Johnston, Sue (Ruth Parry, administrator); Thompson, Teddie (Dr Alison Makin, house officer); Stabb, Dinah (Miss Helen Loman, plastic surgeon); Kerrigan, Patricia (Dr Sarah Kemp, senior registrar); Quarshie, Hugh (Dr Tom Carey, research consultant); Smith, Clarence (Billy Cheshire, charge nurse); Ryan, Francesca (Dr Claire Armstrong, senior registrar); Burton, Penny (Dr Jessica Hardman, medical student)
Notes
From 14 November 1990, 50 mins x 40 episodes.