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Ripping Yarns


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A comedy series written by Michael Palin and Terry Jones. The Testing of Eric Orthwaite The rough, tough story of folk who couldn't afford to go on the Jarrow March. Starring Michael Palin with Kenneth Colley ,
Liz Smith , Barbara New , John Barrett , Reg Lye , Petra Markham , Anita Carey , Clifford Kershaw , Roger Avon , Norman Mitchell , Anthony Smee ,
Marcelle Samett and Peter Graham.
Stunts Mark Boyle and Jim Dowdall Designer John Stout
Director Jim Franklin (R)


Written By: Michael Palin
Written By: Terry Jones.
Unknown: Eric Orthwaite
Unknown: Michael Palin
Unknown: Kenneth Colley
Unknown: Liz Smith
Unknown: Barbara New
Unknown: John Barrett
Unknown: Reg Lye
Unknown: Petra Markham
Unknown: Anita Carey
Unknown: Clifford Kershaw
Unknown: Roger Avon
Unknown: Norman Mitchell
Unknown: Anthony Smee
Unknown: Marcelle Samett
Unknown: Peter Graham.
Unknown: Mark Boyle
Unknown: Jim Dowdall
Designer: John Stout
Director: Jim Franklin

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