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Screen Two: Knockback: 1


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A film in two parts by Brian Phelan
Starring Pauline Collins Derrick O'Connor

In 1965, at the age of 25, Alan Ackland is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of a business associate. In 1971, Sylvia Barker, lonely and depressed after a failed marriage and with two young children to bring up alone, seeks a new direction in her life and applies to become a voluntary prison visitor. Several years later their paths cross.
Feature: page 82
(Ceefax subtitles)


Writer: Brian Phelan
Based on the book by: Peter Adams
Based on the book by: Shirley Cooklin
Music composed by: Richard Rodney Bennett
Make-up Designer: Eileen Mair
Make-up Designer: Jenny Shircore
Costume Designer: Laura Ergis
Film Editor: Tariq Anwar
Film Cameraman: David Feig
Designer: Dick Coles
Producer: Philip Hlnchcliffe
Director: Piers Haggard
Alan: Derrick O'Connor
Sylvia: Pauline Collins
Alan's wife: Yee San Foo
His mother: Peggy Aitchison
Alan's son: Dominic Tang
Judge: Geoffrey Edwards
Defence counsel: David Webb
Wandsworth prison officer: Eric Mason
Wandsworth prison officer: Roy Pattison
Wandsworth prison officer: Howard Lew Lewis
Wandsworth prison officer: Terry Gurry
Wandsworth prison officer: Ray Jeffries
Wandsworth prison officer: Martin Oldfield
Clarke: Lawrence Harrington
Lawyer: Hugh Evans
Sylvia's lover: Trevor Bowen
Her mother: Kathleen Michael
Ruthie (7): Natasha King
Adam (5): Ryan Freedman
Phil Strode: Peter John
Mary Wood: Sally Lahee
Jonathan Lee: Graham Lines
Jenny: Diana Rayworth
George Burns: John Fowler
SSB officer: Martin Heller
SSB officer: John Michael McCarthy
SSB officer: William Rourke
SSB officer: David Voss
SSB officer: Stanley McGeagh
Dobbs: Paddy Joyce
Dobbs's wife: Hilary Sesta
Peter: Leslie Grantham
Prisoner: Steven Whinnery
Prisoner: Brian Coburn
Prisoner: David Shawyer
Senior MO: Roger Heathcott
MO: Michael Worsley
Arthur: Sid Thomas
Ian McKinley: William Armour
Gartree prisoner: Ian McColl
Parkhurst governor: Roy Boutcher
Officer: Philip Rowlands
Officer: Derek Ware
Prisoner: Martin Phillips
Prisoner: Maurice Bush
Prisoner: Tony Rohr
Gartree governor: John Rowe
Officer: Richard Avery
Officer: David Landberg
Officer: Mike Savage
Officer: Kevin White
Officer: Arnold Peters
Radio interviewer: Kay Gallie
Ruthie: Michelle Mulvany
Adam: Timothy Jessel
Woman in minibus: Victoria Williams
Woman in minibus: Clare Ruane

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