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The Wednesday Play: The Man Without Papers


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by Troy Kennedy Martin.
With Benito Carruthers, Geraldine McEwan, James Maxwell
and Charles Victor, Ingrid Hafner, John Woodnutt
See page 35

The author of tonight's play, Troy Kennedy Martin, is one of television's most successful and controversial writers. The creator of Z Cars, he followed up this popular success with Diary of a Young Man which sparked off a lively argument about television drama. He has always been an innovator, and he had always had an uncanny knack of coming up with the right stories and characters at the right time.
In The Man Without Papers, his first single play for television since his prize-winning Interrogator in 1961, he had created another contemporary hero. Roscoe is his name, but who is Roscoe? An American who burnt his passport during the days of McCarthy and had been on the run ever since. But what is Roscoe? Is he an idealist or a fast-talking hustler? Is he a twentieth-century saint or an evil destroyer of those with whom he comes into contact? Men and women react violently to him, they either hate or love. And to be in love with Roscoe is dangerous, as his old friend Castle and his wife Marcella find out.
From the same beat background as Roscoe comes the star of the play, Ben Carruthers. Born into a generation of protest, involved with the New York avant-garde in theatre and art, connected with a hip scene which stretches from San Francisco to Paris, Carruthers epitomises the best in young footloose 1960s artists who care more for life than for money.
This is also the world of the phenomenal Bob Dylan, currently winding up his record-breaking concert tour, who has specially written the songs his old friend Ben Carruthers sings in tonight's production.


Writer: Troy Kennedy Martin
Special lyrics: Bob Dylan
Music written and played by: The Seeds
Film Cameraman: Eddie Best
Film Editor: Peter Ringsted
Story Editor: Roger Smith
Designer: William McCrow
Producer: James MacTaggart
Director: Peter Duguid
Roscoe Mortimer: Benito Carruthers
Switchboard operator: Colette Martin
Anne: Ingrid Hafner
Raeburn: John Woodnutt
Doorman of the Cavalry Club: Ronald Mayer
David Castle: James Maxwell
Arfur: Tom Bowman
Inspector Dumphy: Charles Victor
Marcella: Geraldine McEwan
X-Ray operator: Chuck Julian
Detective-Constable: Lionel Stevens
Anderson: Murray Gilmore
Waiter: Ian Fleming
Vi: Sheila White
Mrs. O'Brien: Anna Manahan
Harry: John Moore
Sir John: Gilbert Davis

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The Wednesday Play: The Man Without Papers

BBC One London, 9 June 1965 21.25

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