Wednesday, 31 May 2017
697 Screen Two / Screen One
First viewed : 3 February 1985
Screen Two and Screen One were actually a continuation of Play for Today under another name as the original brand was controversially laid to rest in 1984. The ones I recall are
Knockback ( Screen Two 27.1.85 & 3.2.85 )
I only saw some of the second instalment of this two-parter about the relationship between Sylvia ,a lonely middle-aged woman ( Pauline Collins ) and the murderer Alan ( Derrick O' Connor ) she corresponds with while he serves a life sentence. O' Connor had previously been very good but very typecast in thuggish roles ( eg. Out ) and this role allowed him to break out and show his versatility. Leslie Grantham, not yet a household name, was a fellow lag I recall the very last scene when Alan gets out on licence and takes Sylvia to a holiday cottage. In the most predictable plot development ever, the moment they cross the threshold they frantically shed their clothes and get down to it.