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The First Lady: Ministry Approval


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by Alan Plater
starring Thora Hird, Robert Keegan, James Grout and Henry Knowles

A perfect case for Sarah Danby at 8.15

Furness, setting of The First Lady, is a mixture of older housing areas - cramped, badly built, but with a well-knit social coherence; and the new estates, Ministry-approved but often bleak and boring.
But it is for one of these new housing estates that Furness Council Architects' Department wins a prize for design. The department is particularly proud of this award, and all rejoice.
However a sour note is struck when the leader of the estate Tenants' Association comes to see Sarah Danby and tells her that it would be sheer hypocrisy for the Council to accept the award. He cites the isolation of the estate, lack of community facilities, bisection by a major road, and the misery of many of the residents. A perfect case for Councillor Sarah Danby to do some investigating of her own.


Writer/Series devised by/From an initial idea by: Alan Plater
From an initial idea by: Philip Levene
Designer: Allan Anson
Producer: David E. Rose
Director: Brian Parker
Mrs. Shaw: Sheila Shand Gibbs
Chadwick: Brian Badcoe
Will Tarrant: Robert Keegan
George Kingston: James Grout
Sarah Danby: Thora Hird
Tom Danby: Henry Knowles
Woodley: Ken Jones
Jean Shaw: Michelle Scott
Margaret Kingston: Margaret John
Jim Attercliffe: Colin Semel
Michael Patterson: Jeremy Wilkin
Eileen: Sharon Campbell
John: Arthur Wilde
Danny: Paul Guess
George Fraser M.P.: Tom Minnikin

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The First Lady: Ministry Approval

BBC One London, 21 April 1968 20.15

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