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First broadcast: on BBC One London

by Max Marquis.
Champion House Back Tonight. A new series of thirteen.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

In the Champion family, conflict is inevitable. Tensions and undercurrents exist all the time. And yet they have, although they rarely mention it, a deep affection for one another. When one of them needs help, the other Champions close ranks in defence.
Tonight's story tells of just such an occasion. There never was a greater need for the Champions to unite. One of them is on trial - charged with manslaughter. The case looks black and nobody can be optimistic about the verdict.
It all started at the Mill's annual dance...

Contributors

Writer:
Max Marquis
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Stanley Morris
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Richard Doubleday
Usher:
Leonard Grahame
The Judge:
Robert Sansom
Clerk of Court:
Peter Thompson
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Frances Carter:
Anne Stallybrass
William Pickering, Q.C.:
Richard Pearson
Lawrence Fenton:
Brian Spink
Reg Hapsley:
Arthur Brough
Philip Maxwell:
Ian Talbot
Lenny Carter:
Trevor Bannister
Owen Conway:
Basil Moss
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Mrs. Graves:
Toba Laurence
Foreman of Jury:
Philip Ryan

by Max Marquis.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

Joe's obstinacy creates a crisis for Champion Mills. In desperation he adopts methods that are hardly ethical.

Contributors

Writer:
Max Marquis
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Gordon Toms
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Terence Dudley
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Oscar Chisnal:
Ivor Salter
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Sophie:
Penny Reid
Caroline Hunter:
Julie Paulle
Edith Hunter:
Caroline Rogers
Mrs. Lee:
Constance Lorne
Bernard Weeton:
Kenneth Keeling
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Robert Shadwell:
Alan Gifford
Mr. Duval:
Mervyn Pascoe
Herbert Clay:
Charles Carson
Hotel receptionist:
Jacki Webb

by Max Marquis and Patrick Alexander.
Starring Edward Chapman and Virginia Stride

When Joe Champion invites Multitex to compete for a contract, Larry meets a formidable rival - in more ways than one.

Contributors

Writer:
Max Marquis
Writer:
Patrick Alexander
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Allan Anson
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Terence Dudley
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins
Prentice:
Michael Beint
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Simeon Rusham:
Martin Boddey
Noel Brennan:
Hugh Cross
Sylvia:
Eileen Sanford
Dryden:
Walter Horsbrugh
Frank:
Walter Hall
Larry's secretary:
Katie Fitzroy
Mrs. Lloyd:
Pamela Manson

by Ludovic Peters
Starring Edward Chapman, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

There is strict security in one section of Champion Mills - for the good reason that the Champions are experimenting with a new device which they intend to keep to themselves. Quite unexpectedly, Stephen receives a call from an old friend, Saeed Khan. Now it is quite possible that Saeed Khan is not all he says he is and Joe is by nature suspicious. Stephen is reluctant to distrust his friend while Liz has to form her own opinion; but Saeed Khan has a way with him - especially where women are concerned.
Incidentally, he provides a splendid role for Zia Mohyeddin.

Contributors

Writer:
Ludovic Peters
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Austin Ruddy
Script Editor:
Patrick Alexander
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Saeed Khan:
Zia Mohyeddin
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Lucas:
Lewis Wilson
Mrs. Lloyd:
Pamela Manson
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Anna Conway:
Marianne Benet
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Boss:
Ken Parry
Davitt:
Roy Evans

by Martin Worth.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

The Champions have a fine tradition of looking after the people who work for them. Mrs. Lloyd, for instance, has been with the Champions for seventeen years. She had been secretary to Jack, Stephen's father, and when Stephen became managing director, he inherited Mrs. Lloyd with his father's chair. She knows as much about the mill as Stephen - and nearly as much as Joe. She has always been highly efficient and utterly dependable until - one morning. And it is about that morning, what led up to it, and what followed, that is the story of the episode tonight.

Contributors

Writer:
Martin Worth
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Stanley Morris
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Richard Doubleday
Mrs. Lloyd:
Pamela Manson
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Miss Lewis:
Gilly Fraser
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Eric Lloyd:
Robert Dorning
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Helen Lloyd:
Veronica Doran
Sophie:
Penny Reid
Gerald Dobson:
Derek Benfield

by Michael Ashe
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

Joe Champion makes himself a real nuisance when an old-established Spanish firm, Esquer Hermanos, considers placing a large order not only for Champion cloth but also for Edward's designs Stephen sends Edward to Spain to negotiate, but unfortunately Joe decides to go with him. Joe says he's on holiday but he cannot resist interfering. Esquer Hermanos is under new management and Joe is suspicious. He causes so much trouble and embarrassment for Edward that Champions look like losing the contract.

Contributors

Writer:
Michael Ashe
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Colin Shaw
Script Editor:
Patrick Alexander
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Henri Safran
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Fred Richards:
David Ellison
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Degnos:
Peter Bowles
Feran:
Hugh Morton
Massez:
Simon Prebble
Armstrong:
Hamilton Dyce
Bardoux:
Derek Sydney
Rochas:
Al Garcia
Secretary:
Jeanna L'Esty

by Anthony Skene.
The last of the present series.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

Tonight's episode is the last in the present series and there is in it, appropriately, a sense of climax. Matters are coming to a head in Champion House. The struggle for control between Joe and Stephen must eventually end in a victory for one of them. Liz cannot stand for ever the strain of divided loyalties. Michele and Edward still dream of having their own business in the sun. So there is a deep feeling of unrest in the Champion family - like the heaving of a volcano before it erupts. And an eruption could mean the end of the Champions for ever.

Contributors

Writer:
Anthony Skene
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Stanley Morris
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Richard Doubleday
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Nurse:
Deirdre Benner
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Bill, the barman:
Raymond Barry
Miss Gorton:
Roslyn De Winter
Robert Shadwell:
Alan Gifford
Fred Fairlie:
Denis Carey
Railway guard:
Gordon Kaye
Frank Knight:
James Beck

by Anthony Skene.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry
The stars of BBC series pick their favourite episodes
This week: James Kerry introduces Champion House

Stephen is desperate - and takes desperate measures. This could be the end for Champions.

Contributors

Writer:
Anthony Skene
Devised By:
Hazel Adair
Devised By:
Peter Ling
Script Editor:
Patrick Alexander
Designer:
Stanley Morris
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Richard Doubleday
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Nurse:
Deirdre Benner
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Bill, the barman:
Raymond Barry
Miss Gorton:
Roslyn de Winter
Robert Shadwell:
Alan Gifford
Fred Fairlie:
Denis Carey
Railway Guard:
Gordon Kaye
Frank Knight:
James Beck

by Anthony Skene
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

Multitex makes another bid to gain control of Champion's. Joe will do anything to prevent it but is not helped by the elusiveness of Mr. Yeoman.

See page 12

Virginia Stride
The slim girl who plays Liz Champion can't quite forget the days when she was fat

Although Virginia Thomas had been acting for several years and was beginning to get a name for herself in the profession, she changed her name upon getting married: Agents were always on at me, saying that Thomas didn't sound quite right. I kept hearing "Can't you find another name?" When I married John Stride, whom I'd known since we were at drama school together, I thought Stride was such a good name for an actress that I decided to use it. I know it's odd to take one's husband's name and, as he was already quite well known, I imagined people saying, "Oh yes-Johnny Stride's wife trying to earn a few pennies!" But I didn't feel like having three names, so Virginia Stride I became.'

Virginia caught the acting bug in childhood. 'I got my first "star" part in a school play, Fat King Melon. I played the title role. I was a fat little girl and for some years I was so self-conscious about this that I came to the conclusion it would be hopeless for me to try to be an actress. I was good at English and my parents wanted me to go to university. But an offer to go to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art came up and I felt I'd have a chip on my shoulder all my life if I didn't accept. Fortunately, I started to lose weight in my late teens.'

She has two daughters, aged four and two-and-a-half. 'In both cases I was able to keep working until two months before they were born. The first time I was in Z Cars and the second time I was appearing, as myself, in BBC-2's Play School.'

As seen now, portraying the seductive Liz in Champion House, it is difficult to imagine that Virginia was ever too plump. But the thought still troubles her and she has occasional days of hardly eating: Once you've been that way you can never quite believe you're not still fat! '

Contributors

Writer:
Anthony Skene
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Allan Anson
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Prudence Fitzgerald
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Sophie:
Penny Reid
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins
Secretary:
Katie Fitzroy
Mrs. Lloyd:
Pamela Manson
Jean-Louis Dufay:
Charles Kay
Prentice:
Michael Beint
Melanie Burgess:
Veronica Strong
Fred Fairlie:
Denis Carey
Frank:
Walter Hall
Leonard:
Carleton Hobbs
Marcus:
Timothy Bateson
Dufay's friend:
Donald Eccles
Seth Aitchison:
Jack Le White
Bill:
Raymond Barry

by Nick McCarty.
Starring Edward Chapman, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

To make sure of a contract, Joe and Stephen need inside information. They each have their own way of getting it.

Contributors

Writer:
Nick McCarty
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Dan Mansah-Dapaa
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Henri Safran
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Mary Greenwood:
Barbara Shelley
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Sophie:
Penny Reid
Fred Richards:
David Ellison
Jack Yardley:
Geoffrey Hibbert
Clerk:
Stephen Whittaker
Miss Hicks:
Sara Aimson
Tim Bazeley:
Maurice Hedley
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins

by William Emms.
Starring Edward Chapman, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

John Samson works too hard. The problem for the Champions is - why?

Contributors

Writer:
William Emms
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Stanley Morris
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Prudence Fitzgerald
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
John Samson:
Lyndon Brook
Bill:
Raymond Barry
Delphi Jacobs:
Stephanie Randall
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Joe Champlon:
Edward Chapman
Martha Samson:
Colette O'Neil
Mr. Harris:
Nicholas Smith
Jane Farmer:
Vivien Heilbron
Mark Rutherford:
Jerome Willis
Sophie:
Penny Reid

by George F. Kerr
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

The struggle for power between Joe and Stephen every so often comes into the open. Joe can never forget that it was his scheme to save death duties that was responsible for his grandson being Managing Director. Stephen, on the other hand, is only too well aware that Joe would like control of the mill. Besides the deep family affection that binds them together, Joe has a great respect for Stephen's ability while Stephen never forgets that Joe is two generations ahead of him in experience.
In tonight's episode Joe gets a chance to sit in Stephen's chair-perhaps permanently.
See colour feature on centre pages

Contributors

Writer:
George F. Kerr
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Austin Ruddy
Script Editor:
Patrick Alexander
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Michete:
Nicole Maurey
Liz:
Virginia Stride
Stephen:
James Kerry
Mrs. Lloyd:
Pamela Manson
Miss Jennings:
Janet Davies
Sir Stuart Campbell:
Laurence Hardy
Clarence Beckford:
Morris Perry
Peter Sanderson:
Ian Paterson
Philip Campbell:
Edward Caddick
Jackson:
Lewis Teesdale
Dr. Henderson:
Jack Lynn

by Derek Ingrey.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufman, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

The death of one of the directors leaves a vacancy on the board of Multitex. It is a matter of no great concern to the Champions until one of the directors at Multitex has an idea that startles even his colleagues. It utterly amazes the Champions. Joe sees it as a serious threat to Champion Mills and is determined to fight it. Not everyone at Champion House agrees with Joe and he finds himself on his own in a ruthless battle of boardroom politics with no weapon but his cunning which, as his family have reason to know, is not inconsiderable.

(Bernard Spear is appearing in "Man of La Mancha" at the Piccadilly Theatre, London)

Contributors

Writer:
Derek Ingrey
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Austin Ruddy
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Bob Sunter:
John Sharp
Prentice:
Michael Beint
George Pennington:
Reginald Barratt
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins
Jack Levi:
Bernard Spear
Liz:
Virginia Stride
Stephen:
James Kerry
Frank:
Walter Hall
Issy Venner:
Meier Tzelniker
Miss Barber:
Caroline Dowdeswell
Judith:
Katie Fitzroy
Edward:
Maurice Kaufmann
Mrs. Lloyd:
Pamela Manson
Michele:
Nicole Maurey

by Roy Russell.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

Spies are at work on Champion Mills. Unless the Champions stick together, the mills are finished.

Contributors

Writer:
Roy Russell
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Stanley Morris
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Richard Doubleday
John Birley:
Edwin Richfield
Preston Smith:
Peter Stenson
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Julie Tucker:
Edwina Carroll
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Sophie:
Penny Reid
Waiter:
Earl Green
Myra James:
Mirabelle Thomas
Mrs. Birley:
Lynne Carol
Watchman:
George Betton

by Patrick Alexander.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry
The stars of BBC series pick their favourite episodes
Edward Chapman introduces "Champion House"

Champion Mill is in serious financial difficulties. While Stephen is convinced that the only hope is a merger with Multitex, Joe will go to any length to stop it. This means a fight with the gloves off -and no rules.

Contributors

Writer/Script Editor:
Patrick Alexander
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Allan Anson
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
James Gatward
Presenter (Star Choice):
Edward Chapman
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Reg Hapsley:
Rex Boyd
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Henry Childs:
George A. Cooper
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins
Robert Shadwell:
Alan Gifford
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Sophie:
Penny Reid
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Frank (Barman):
Walter Hall
Ballater:
Mark Kingston

by Derek Ingrey.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

It is now generally accepted that not all secret agents are tall, glamorous show-girls. They are, in fact, very skilled, slightly cynical, professionals - not necessarily with any glamour at all. There are two in tonight's episode. When four Russians, allegedly members of a trade delegation, go to Bradford, M.I.5 sends a British agent to investigate He meets an old enemy and makes a new friend - Liz Champion. There is a big contract in the offing so all the Champions are interested. Sergei, the head of the delegation, is full of charm and Michele is more than interested. It so happens that Edward is in London...

Contributors

Writer:
Derek Ingrey
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Stanley Morris
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Richard Doubleday
Larry Grant:
Michael Hawkins
Beresta:
Stefan Gryff
Mikhailovitch:
Michael Segal
Aleksi Ospenski:
Patrick Kavanagh
Airline receptionist:
Judy Caiger
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
George Teedale:
Alan White
Boss of M.I.5:
Frank Littlewood
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Sophie:
Penny Reid
Sergei Slavitskayan:
George Mikell
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Mrs. Lloyd:
Pamela Manson
Judith:
Katie Fitzroy
Reg Prentice:
Michael Beint
Head waiter:
John Slavid

by Michael Ashe.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

Old Edgely is a man of ideas. Unfortunately Joe remembers his last one.

Contributors

Writer:
Michael Ashe
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Stanley Morris
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Terence Dudley
Edgely:
Wilfred Pickles
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
Stephen:
James Kerry
Edward:
Maurice Kaufmann
Liz:
Virginia Stride
Michele:
Nicole Mauret
Elaine:
Gillian Wray
Richards:
David Ellison
Mrs. Edgely:
Peggy Ann Wood
Mrs. Blaker:
Rosemary Johnson
Merry:
Edwin Finn
Lucas:
Lewis Wilson
Harry Utley:
Gordon Faith
Timothy Utley:
John Wreford
Frank:
Walter Hall
Miss Hicks:
Sara Aimson
Mrs. Lloyd:
Pamela Manson
Chairman:
Raymond Mason

by Gerald Wilson.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, James Kerry
See page 11

Contributors

Writer:
Gerald Wilson
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
David Myerscough-Jones
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Henri Safran
Edward:
Maurice Kaufmann
Michele:
Nicole Maurey
Joe:
Edward Chapman
Stephen:
James Kerry
Ritchie:
John Turner
Elwyn:
Paul Freeman
Hannah:
Pauline Munro
Sophie:
Penny Reid
Girl from Design:
Ros Drinkwater

by John Tyler.
Starring Edward Chapman, Nicole Maurey, Maurice Kaufmann, Virginia Stride, James Kerry

Edward meets a girl from his past - and is forced to come to terms with an old dream.

Contributors

Writer:
John Tyler
Devised by:
Hazel Adair
Devised by:
Peter Ling
Designer:
Allan Anson
Producer:
Jordan Lawrence
Director:
Ian MacNaughton
Michele Champion:
Nicole Maurey
Edward Champion:
Maurice Kaufmann
Janey Morris:
Judith Arthy
Liz Champion:
Virginia Stride
Stephen Champion:
James Kerry
Joe Champion:
Edward Chapman
David Coulter:
Terence Alexander
Sophie:
Penny Reid