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ScreenPlay: Amongst Barbarians


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Starring David Jason
The sentence for drug smuggling in Malaysia is death. Two English boys, Ralph and Bryan, are 48 hours away from execution. Then their parents arrive.
Written by Michael Wall, Amongst Barbarians was winner of the 1988 Mobil Playwriting Competition and was first performed at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.
Director Jane Howell
Producer Richard Langridge
Associate Producer: Simon Mills
Cover story: page 4
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Drama Amongst Barbarians
One of the remarkable features of this drama is that it was shot over just three and a half days, for 20 minutes a day and cost under £200,000; nowadays almost every one-off BBC drama is a large-scale, high-budget production. David Jason, star of the comedy series Open All Hours and Only Fools and Horses, takes on his first major drama role for BBCtv playing George, the father of a boy sentenced to death for smuggling heroin in Malaysia. George and his wife Wendy (Rowena Cooper) represent the worst example of the British abroad - by the end you are left wondering just who the real barbarians are. Jason says, believe it is very important that drama should provoke and challenge in this way.' 9.00pm BBC2


Writer: Michael Wall
Director: Jane Howell
Producer: Richard Langridge
Associate Producer: Simon Mills
George: David Jason
Wendy: Rowena Cooper
Toni: Anne Carroll
Bryan: Lee Ross
Ralph: Con O'Neill
Lilly: Kathy Burke
Katie: Josephine Welcome
Jailer: Madhav Sharma
Barman: Ricardo Sibelo
Cullen: Anthony Smee

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