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The First Lady: The Battle of Waterloo Street


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by Robert Storey
Starring Thora Hird, Robert Keegan, James Grout and Henry Knowles

Tom's friend Chris Hooper is the proprietor of a coffee bar in the centre of Furness. This coffee bar is the mecca of the local youth, but has unfortunately become the resort of the local yobs as well. As the story opens, Chris Hooper is being beaten up by a gang of leather-jackets. Much to Sarah's apprehension, Tom (during the school holidays) decides to take over the running of the coffee bar while his friend is in hospital. He believes that the coffee bar, if run effectively, provides a necessary meeting-place for the town's young people. But certain people want the bar closed down at any cost and Sarah, her sympathies torn, finds herself in the centre of a controversy, with middle-aged respectability on one side and heedless youth on the other.


Writer: Robert Storey
Series devised by/From an initial idea by: Alan Plater
From an initial idea by: Philip Levene
Script Editor: Gerry Davis
Designer: Moira Tait
Producer: Terence Dudley
Director: Malcolm Taylor
Sarah Danby: Thora Hird
Tom Danby: Henry Knowles
Madge Ronksley: June Watson
Walter Ronksley: Edward Atienza
George Kingston: James Grout
Will Tarrant: Robert Keegan
P.C. Cranwell: Richard Owens
Tony Fowler: James Chase
P.C. Talbot: David Rohan
Jeff Fowler: Malcolm Patton
Connie: Stephanie Tremethick
Jimmy: Robin Humphreys
Jack: Denis Bond
Maureen: Jenny McCracken
Police Sergeant: Michael Sheard
Arthur Grindrod: Richard Butler
Larkin: Michael Bilton

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The First Lady: The Battle of Waterloo Street

BBC One London, 24 April 1969 20.00

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