Saturday, 12 August 2017
761 Fighting Back
First viewed : 4 August 1986
This was a five-part Monday night serial, a sort of Cathy Come Home for the eighties although rather more optimistic in tone. Faded pop singer Hazel O' Connor returned to acting as Viv Sharpe a feisty single mother fighting the system in multicultural Bristol . Viv has two kids, Neil ( Tony Carney ) by feckless Scouse boyfriend Bruce ( Derek Thompson again ) and Yvonne ( Cheryl Maiker ) by black drug dealer Danny ( Malcolm Frederick ). She later completes the sexual hat-trick by sleeping with slippery Asian lawyer Eddy ( Madhav Sharma ). Before that though, Viv has her kids taken away but fights back from squat-land getting involved in local politics with the aid of a lesbian couple.
It was OK although some of the characters veered towards stereotypes. It wasn't really my mum's thing at all so I watched it on and off, the first and final episodes and perhaps one in between.
Despite a strong performance as Viv, there were no more TV roles for Hazel who divided her time thereafter between stage roles and trying to resurrect her singing career. She still tours regularly from her base in Ireland. As we'll soon see, Thompson hung around in Bristol for his next TV role.