Thursday, 22 June 2017
717 Fell Tiger
First viewed : 24 July 1985
This six-part serial on Wednesday evenings seems to have fallen through the cracks which is a little surprising as it was the first TV series to give the leading role to David Hayman. It also featured one of the last appearances of Dr Who's Ian Marter in a supporting role.
Hayman played Joe Barrow, a dour professional rock climber who is forced to re-evaluate his life when a serious accident curtails his career. His marriage to Kath ( Alison Spiro ) is on the rocks but he fancies his doctor, Susan ( Jan Harvey ) anyway. He gets a job as an instructor at an Outward Bound School in the Lakes but his lack of people skills and dodgy boss Don ( Neil Phillips from A Kind Of Loving ) don't make his new life any easier.
The similarity in the premise to the soon-to-come Howard's Way had me looking at the respective crews for connections but, apart from proximity and Jan Harvey starring in both, I couldn't find any.
Fell Tiger had great scenery ( the main draw for me ) but not much else to recommend it. If I recall correctly there wasn't much climbing footage in it. The series went out at 8pm and it perhaps needed to be post-watershed to pep up the party with some sex and violence.