Back in the eighties, there was a TV serial, which lasted about 6 or 8 episodes. It was set in the 1920s and centred round a middle-aged professional man, who found himself down on his luck, and went to live and work as a boot boy/porter in a hotel in a small country town – somewhere in the north I believe.
He had a son (Pip – maybe not?) with whom he got on well, when he turned up occasionally, but no wife at that time.
He did well at the hotel, and also with the smart woman who owned the place, and I think ended up running the place. Sadly, the story ended with him becoming terminally ill, but the actual story was compulsive, good viewing and well thought out.
I’m not confusing the programme with My Son, My Son, although there are likenesses. The main part was played by a well-known face at the time, but unfortunately, that’s about all I can remember!
The main part was indeed Richard Pasco, whom I recall had a soft, friendly English accent and played the part extremely well - especially as the circumstances of the story were - to say the least - a bit miserable!
OT, you've started something here, because only last night, we remembered how good some of the other series like Paradise Club were!
Post by harryfielder on Jan 22, 2007 13:51:13 GMT 1
Hiya folks, I got to work with both Den and Don (sounds like a good double act ;D) over the years and they were great to work with. I first met Don on the Norman Wisdom show in 1976 where we as two heavies had to chase and beat up poor Norman.
Don, Sir Norman and Aitch.
I first met Dennis on the first day of EastEnders in 1985.
Welcome to TVH, aitch, I have enjoyed your reminisces on the Britmovie forum, hope you enjoy this site & stick around, your "inside information" could be invaluable to some of the questions we get asked on here.
Post by harryfielder on Jan 22, 2007 15:23:38 GMT 1
Hello Mac, As you know I spent most of my life working in films and tv as a supporting artist. I had the best job in the world. ;D One of my first jobs in 1967 was on a tv show called.... Man In A Suitcase with someone called Mcgill ;D ;D To say I was young at the time is a laugh..(I still had my milkteeth.)
I remember I was in a couple of episodes and one was with a young Donald Sutherland and we filmed at Pinewood studios. It took me a couple of years before I got any speaking parts. See my siggy. If any of the folks on here want to ask any questions about my life in the biz You can set up a thread on here...''My life in the biz''
One of my first jobs in 1967 was on a tv show called.... Man In A Suitcase with someone called Mcgill ;D ;D To say I was young at the time is a laugh..(I still had my milkteeth.)
Just as long as McGill didn't kick them in for you, you'd have been okay I reckon,although if he did you'd have probably made more money out of the tooth fairy than you did from the episode I would imagine. ;D
I also notice on imdb one of your last roles that's been included is as "Old Man Bill" in See How They Run, hope you had some teeth still by then.
Is that woman in the photo Jacqueline Pearce?
If any of the folks on here want to ask any questions about my life in the biz You can set up a thread on here...''My life in the biz''
Thanks for that aitch, I'm sure you'll be in demand.
I once wrote to Don Henderson when he was in Strangers, asking about something and we ended up swapping regular letters for two or three years - his were always very long and full of all kinds of interesting stuff! He was a really nice bloke.
"There's no problem that cannot be solved by chocolate." Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Strangers was a very thoughtful series and well crafted. In one of his other series (Paradise Club?), I seem to recall that he was the only actor I've ever seen, who could make the use of a Vick nose inhaler look interesting!
I love Aitch's pic of him from all those years ago!
The Chase an excellent film. I have the dvd of this, fabulous.
It was on the strength of that performance that Bradford got the part of McGill, and the influence of Brando that he kept falling over & staggering after he got beat up every week in the show.(or so it seemed)
He was the first hero I can recall getting beat up early on & still having a bruise and/or thick lip at the end of the episode.
Did you get to beat him up in any of your appearances aitch?
Hi Aitch, Fascinating stuff , I do hope you stick around and tell us more about you great career in TV and Films. Looking at your link and seeing the pictures of all the legends of television you have appeared with over the years is incredible . Blimey I'll be asking for your autograph next