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First broadcast: on BBC One London

by David Rudkin

Young Stephen, in the last summer of his boyhood, has a very clear and intense view of the world. But he has somehow awakened a buried force in the landscape around his home. It is trying to communicate some warning, a peril he is in; some secret knowledge; some choice he must make, some mission for which he is marked down.
(from Birmingham)
(This play will be discussed on Real Time at 11.30 pm, BBC2)

Contributors

Writer:
David Rudkin
Film Cameraman:
Michael Williams
Film Editor:
Henry Fowler
Script Editor:
Tara Prem
Producer;:
David Rose
Director:
Alan Clarke
Stephen:
Spencer Banks
Mrs Franklin:
Georgine Anderson
Rev J Franklin:
John Atkinson
Joel:
Ron Smerczak
Headmaster:
John Richmond
Arne:
Ian Hogg
Mrs Arne:
Jennie Hesselwood
Sir Nicholas Pole:
John Scott
Brott:
Roy Preston
Harry:
Ian Gemmell
Mrs Gisbourne:
Joyce Grundy
Cooke:
Ivor Roberts
Sixth-former:
Moray Black
Honeybone:
Christopher Douglas
Council workman:
Frank Veasey
Nurse:
Elizabeth Reville
Joel's girl:
Pat Bowker
Sir Edward:
Graham Leaman
Mrs Kings:
Helena McCarthy
The Lady:
Joan Scott
The Man:
Ray Gatenby
King Penda:
Geoffrey Staines
Demon:
Geoffrey Pennells
Angel:
Martin Reynolds

First broadcast: on BBC Two England

Chris Dunkley introduces a discussion on Penda's Fen, tonight's Play for Today on BBC1; and David Rudkin , author of the play, talks to MICHAEL DEAN.
Producer PHILIP SPEIGHT

Contributors

Introduces:
Chris Dunkley
Unknown:
David Rudkin
Unknown:
Michael Dean.
Producer:
Philip Speight

First broadcast: on BBC One London

Penda's Fen by DAVID RUDKIN
Young Stephen, in the last summer of his boyhood, has somehow awakened a buried force in the landscape around him. It is trying to communicate some warning, a peril he is in; some secret knowledge; some choice he must make, some mission for which he is marked down.
Make no mistake. We had a major work of television last night. Rudkin gave us something that had beauty, imagination and depth. (LEONARD BUCKLEY, THE TIMES) Constantly interesting to look at, while remaining a play of ideas and arguments - a rare combination. (SHAUN USHER, DAILY MAIL)
Film cameraman MICHAEL WILLIAMS Film editor HENRY FOWLER Producer DAVID ROSE
Director ALAN CLARKE (Birmingham)

Contributors

Writer:
David Rudkin
Spencer Banks:
Young Stephen
Unknown:
Leonard Buckley
Film Cameraman:
Michael Williams
Editor:
Henry Fowler
Director:
Alan Clarke
Stephen:
Spencer Banks
Mrs Franklin:
Georgine Anderson
Rev J Franklin:
John Atkinson
Joel:
Ron Smerczak
Headmaster:
John Richmond
Arne:
Ian Hogg
Mrs Arne:
Jennie Hesselwood
Sir Nicholas Pole:
John Scott
Brott:
Roy Preston
Harry:
Ian Gemmell
Mrs Gisbourne:
Joyce Grundy
Cooke:
Ivor Roberts
Sixth-former:
Moray Black
Honeybone:
Christopher Douglas
Council workman:
Frank Veasey
Nurse:
Elizabeth Revill
Joel's girl:
Pat Bowker
Sir Edward:
Graham Leaman
Mrs Kings:
Helena McCarthy
The lady:
Joan Scott
The man:
Ray Gatenby
King Penda:
Geoffrey Staines
Demon:
Geoffrey Pennells
Angel:
Martin Reynolds