Looking through the TPTV schedule for future screening and came across this series showing from the end of July onwards.
Rooms - A Thames series from 1974 - 77 which ran for circa 120 episodes and not seen the light of day since broadcast.
It boasts a great cast including Jill Gascoine, Bryan Marshall, Brian Cox, Bernard Hill, Bill Dean, Nigel Havers, Miriam Karlin, Alfie Bass, Lewis Collins, Jan Francis, Tessa Wyatt, Arthur Brough and strangely Brian Protheroe the singer of hit song Pinball) Looks like a great series.
Post by Ronnie McDevitt on Jun 27, 2019 12:30:06 GMT
I do remember this and it went out in the afternoons. I am pretty sure each episode was a story on its own with a different cast which is probably the reason for all the names Jeff mentions. It was set in rented accomodation which explains the title. The plots revolved around the the characters of different flats and their lifestyles. I guess it could be termed a soap.
"A largely forgotten afternoon gem from Thames Tv that ran for several years which followed the goings on at 35 Mafeking Terrace, a large Victorian house converted into bed sits. There were 2 main characters landlady Dorothy Lawson played by Sylvia Kay (Penny's mum in just good friends) and long term resident Brian Marshall (Spindoe) and the scenario of rented accommodation allowed for a regular mix of new characters with episodes focusing on various tenants escapades. It had a high calibre of writing with TV greats such as Fay Weldon, Willis Hall and Trevor Preston contributing and boasting a cast including Jill Gascoine, Bryan Marshall, Brian Cox, Bernard Hill, Bill Dean, Nigel Havers, Miriam Karlin, Alfie Bass, Lewis Collins, Jan Francis, Tessa Wyatt, Arthur Brough (Are you being served) and strangely Brian Protheroe who had a hit in the 70's with the song Pinball) - Sure to find a new audience when it begins a run on the UK channel Talking Pictures TV in the summer." www.imdb.com/title/tt0169489/
Last Edit: Jun 27, 2019 16:00:59 GMT by John Green
Post by Peter Stirling on Jun 27, 2019 21:58:05 GMT
Run over 2 days with Part one being a sort of cliff hanger, usually on a Tues and Weds IIRC. The first season was replaced by 'Couples' another forgotten afternoon gem (which would probably raise a few eyebrows today with some of the episodes). When season 2 came back the landlady and landlord were no longer featured and it was just stories around the ever-changing tenants.
The synopsis makes it sound like a forerunner to the 70s afternoon series "Castle Haven".
Many of us never got to see Castle Haven as it appears to have been treated badly by the network with some regions only seeing a few stories while others never saw it at all. I think Yorkshire TV put a lot of effort into it, making it in colour from the start in the 60s. But that was the thing about these early afternoon dramas..the TV companies were obviously not thinking of the reduced audience, thus the revenue income available in an afternoon but still strived to make it as best as they could.
I note that the Talking Pictures channel are indeed currently showing some episodes of Rooms as the original poster stated. Not had a chance to view any of them yet.
If you remember with some affection the old studio based dramas then you will probably like this. Well written realistic stories of characters who inhabited bed sitting land. Presumably (like Crosroads) recorded live so no time for post-production edits, locations or music stings which meant they only used the most competent actors so it all flows very well and production values are high despite the minuscule budget. Pulls no punches either for 1974 as one story was about a daughter escaping her father who was sexually abusing her.
Series 2 starts soon so you are going to miss the delightful landlady and her dreamer,work shy boyfriend (Sylvia Kay and Brian Marshall) ..as I don't think they were featured in season 2?