Saturday, 11 March 2017
629 The Gathering Seed
First viewed : 7 September 1983
This was the final TV series for left wing playwright Jim Allen , ( of The Spongers fame ). Set in Collyhurst , the six-part BBC2 serial followed the fortunes of a young man, Joe Henshaw, from an impoverished childhood in the thirties, service in the war and industrial disputes in the fifties. It starred a young David Threlfall as Joe and the cast also featured James Ellis, Brenda Fricker and Peter Kerrigan..
Opening with a bare knuckle fight between two middle-aged men. it was grimy, sombre and violent. I watched half an hour of the first episode and that was enough . The series was poorly received and has never been repeated.
Allen went on to write a number of screenplays for Ken Loach and died of cancer in 1999.