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The Life & Career of Leonard Rossiter

Television Performances: 1950s/1960s

A complete guide to the television performances of Leonard Rossiter in the 1950s & 1960s.
All dates are original broadcast/Leonard's first appearance dates.


On This Page A - Z:

A View From The Obelisk
At The Eleventh Hour
Avengers, The: Dressed To Kill
BBC-3
Beggars And Choosers
Between The Two Of Us
Buried Man, The
Celebration
Cluff: The Fire Raiser

Constable's Move, The
Day Of The Tortoise
Death Is A Good Living
Devil's Eggshell, The
Double Agent, The
Dr. Knock
Drums Along The Avon
Fanatics, The
Flight From Reality
Fruit At The Bottom Of The Bowl, The
Garbler Strategy, The

Goodbye, That's All
House Of Glass, The
Intrigue, The
It's All Lovely
Justin Thyme
Morning After, The
Mr. Fowlds
Not So Much A Programme, More...
One That Got Away, The
Redcap: Epitaph For A Sweat
Resistible Rise Of Arturo Ui (Special Page)

Revenue Men, The: The Benefactor
Semi-Detached (Separate Page)
Steptoe & Son: The Lead Man Cometh
Story Conference
Story Of A Farm Girl, The
Taste
Unquiet Man, The
Up The Theatre
Walk In Fear
Year Of The Sex Olympics, The
Z Cars





Story Conference
March 1956
Written by Norman Holland, adapted by Donald Wilson
Produced by Victor Menzies
Broadcast on BBC

Leonard played the role of Leo Borowitz





The Constable's Move
4th February 1959, 7.30pm
Written by W. Jacobs, adapted by Donal Giltinan
Directed by Terence Dudley
Produced by Peter Dews
Broadcast on BBC

Part of the series 'The Nightwatchman's Stories'. Co-starred Leslie Dwyer, Esma Cannon

Leonard played the role of Joe Stocks





The One That Got Away
12th October 1961
Written by Berkely Mather
Produced by Alan Bridges
Broadcast on BBC

George Lander is determined to keep his prison record secret. When this proves more difficult than he anticipated, his stay outside seems likely to be a great deal shorter than his two years inside. 

Leonard played the role of Fenny

Notes: Berkely Mather was co-writer of the screenplay for the James Bond film Dr. No. Co-starred Frank Finlay, Humphrey Heathcote, Glyn owen.





The Intrigue
Monday 12th February 1962, 9.25pm
Written by Jacques Natanson, trans.. by Mona Andrade, dramatised by Roger Smith
Produced by Alan Bridges
Broadcast on BBC

A womaniser is hired to make love to a rich industrialist's wife, but it all ends in ironic tragedy.

Leonard played the role of Gerard Moustier, the cynical friend of the womaniser, played by Anthony Bate.

Notes: This was part of a BBC series of plays called 'Studio 4'. The tapes no longer exist. Also known as 'The Farquhar Connection'. Co-starred Pauline Yates, 14 years before she starred with Leonard in Reginald Perrin.





The Morning After
Friday 16th November 1962
Written by G. C. Brown
Directed by John Hale
Broadcast on ATV

Leonard played the role of Harry.







Z Cars
January to March 1963
Written by John Hopkins
Directed by Saun Sutton
Produced by David Rose
Broadcast on BBC

A long-running and very popular series about a Merseyside police force and their never-ending battle against crime. The show also let us into the lives of the 'bobbies', and thus became a rare insight into the lives of ordinary working-class families. The series starred Brian Blessed, Stratford Johns and Frank Windsor. The Z Cars of the title were Ford Zephyrs.

Leonard played the sharp, cynical, fast-talking and intimidating Detective Inspector Bamber in eight episodes.

Notes:
The show also starred Joseph Brady as PC Jock Weir. He was later to star with Leonard again as Reggie Perrin's filthy, sweaty, unintelligible chef Kenny McBlane in The Fall And Rise Of Reginald Perrin in 1978.
Saun Sutton later directed Leonard in his very last performance for TV, The Life And Death Of King John, in 1984.

Leonard's Role Remembered:
"...Like everyone who worked with him, I was immediately aware of his devotion to his performance, and his great skill in building it...They soon noticed how good he was in 'sneaky' parts, and D.I. Bamber became a very sneaky fellow indeed...He was very different in real life - a straightforward, no-nonsense man who knew his craft, and expected others to do the same." - Saun Sutton.

Links:
 View the title sequence





The Buried Man
Tuesday 12th February 1963
Written by David Mercer, adapted by G. C. Brown
Directed by Graham Evans
Broadcast by Rediffusion

Middle-aged Yorkshire miner Robert Bailey (Rossiter) realises there must be more to life and sets out to find it. His attempts to better himself result in him being treated as a madman. His stresses and frustration build up until, eventually, he suffers a breakdown.

Leonard played the lead role of Robert Bailey.

Notes: This was Leonard's first starring role on television, but it only came about because the original choice fell ill, and the part had to be quickly re-cast. The tapes no longer exist.

Leonard's Role Remembered:
"...I recall the time when those of us recording television plays regarded him as a 'straight' actor, capable of giving extremely good performances in dramatic roles...We regarded him so highly that it was felt he would bring something exciting to the part - and he did..." - Cecil Clarke






Walk In Fear
6th May 1963, 9.25pm
Written by John Wilkie
Produced by Patrick Dromgoole
Broadcast by BBC, part of the 'Suspense' TV series

Office clerk Alan Treece (Rossiter) is acquitted of a murder, but the victim's family and colleagues still believe him to be guilty. He finally cracks under the strain of running from them every day.

Co-starred Ann Firbank, June Barrie, Kathleen Michael

Leonard played the lead role of Alan Treece.





The Story Of A Farm Girl
1st August 1963
Written by Guy de Mauppasant, dramatised by Doris Lessing
Directed by Silvio Narizzano
Produced by Philip Mackie
Broadcast by Granada Television

The farm girl of the title finds love, and then loses it. For consolation, she turns to a sullen farmer (Rossiter)

Leonard played Emile Vallin, a farmer.

Notes: Part of a series of plays by Guy de Mauppasant.
 





The Fruit At The Bottom Of The Bowl
Thursday 8th August 1963
Written by Ray Bradbury, adapted by Ilona Ference
Directed by John Hale
Broadcast by ATV

A careless murderer (Rossiter) contemplates his crime.

Leonard played the lead role of William Acton





It's All Lovely
22nd December 1963, 9pm
Written by David Proudfoot
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
Produced by John Elliott
Broadcast by BBC

Shown in the series 'First Night'. Starred Tony Tanner, Sally Smith, Dilys Laye and Duncan MacRae.

Leonard played the role of Sammy Love




The Avengers (episode: Dressed To Kill)
Saturday 28th December 1963
Written by Brian Clemens
Directed by Bill Bain
Produced by John Bryce
Broadcast by ITV

Steed (Patrick MacNee) bids to buy a plot of land near a national defence radar station. During a New Year's Eve fancy dress party on a train, on which other prospective buyers are aboard, the train is halted at an abandoned station and murders commence. Fellow party-goers are played by John Junkin, Alexander Davion, Richard Leech, Anneke Wills and Anthea Windham.

Leonard played the role of Robin Hood (in the credits). His character is businessman Billy Cavendish.
Watch a clip or buy the DVD

Links:
 The Avengers Forever




Steptoe And Son (episode: The Lead Man Cometh)
Tuesday 21st January 1964, 8pm
Written by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson
Produced by Duncan Wood
Broadcast by BBC

A pious Welshman (Rossiter) offers the two scrap dealers a ton of lead at a knock-down price. Harold jumps at the chance, although his father Albert is more wary. And with good reason, as it transpires the lead has come off their own roof.

Leonard played the seller of the lead, Welsh Hughie.
Watch a clip or buy the DVD

Notes: This was the first of Leonard's two appearances in this classic BBC comedy. He later appeared in the episode The Desperate Hours in April 1972. This episode was later re-recorded for radio broadcast.
This episode, when repeated on Thursday October 15th 1964, was broadcast later than scheduled. Steptoe & Son was enjoying viewing figures of 10m+ at the time, and as it was General Election day, the episode was thought to be too strong a reason for the voting public to stop in rather than go to the polls, so it was delayed until after the polls had closed.

Leonard's Role Remembered:
"Leonard was a great audience. There is nothing more endearing to a comedy writer than an actor who laughs with great relish at the first read-through." - Ray Galton & Alan Simpson
"He wished he could have worked more with Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, the writers of Steptoe and Son, and Hancock. You can almost envisage Leonard in a Hancock-type role." - Mark Lewisohn, author RadioTimes Guide To TV Comedy.

Links:
 Internet Movie Database
Albert & Harold




Flight From Reality
Monday 13th April 1964
Written by Leo Lehman
Directed by John Hale
Broadcast by ATV

Part of th 'Play of the Week' strand. Co-starred Annette Crosbie, William Lucas, Richard Leech

Leonard played the role of Patrick






Justin Thyme
Wednesday 15th April 1964, 9.45pm
Written by John Bluthal, Robert Fuest and Joe McGrath
Directed by Joe McGrath
Produced by Peter Luke
Broadcast by BBC

Leonard played the role of Daudet

Notes: Joe McGrath was to direct Leonard again in The Losers in 1978, and in the Rising Damp movie in 1980.
Broadcast as part of the 'Festival' series of plays. Only a small extract remains on tape.




Beggars And Choosers
Tuesday 7th July 1964
Written by Douglas Livingstone
Directed by Eric Price
Produced by Stella Richman
Broadcast by ATV

A long-time bachelor Sergeant (Rossiter) falls in love with a NAAFI girl (Avril Elgar).

Leonard played the role of  Sergeant 'Tubby' Watson.

Notes: This was a play in ATV's Love Story series. The tapes no longer exist.





Not So Much A Programme, More A Way Of Life
November 1964
Written by various contributors
Produced by Ned Sherrin
Broadcast by BBC

A topical, satirical sketch show in the vein of the classic That Was The Week That Was, broadcast from 13th November 1964 to 11th April 1965

Leonard played various roles in a number of sketches in the first series.





The House Of Glass
1964 (not broadcast)
Written by Mike Watts
Directed by Michael Currer-Briggs
(Planned) Broadcast by Rediffusion

A play set in an Army detention centre, highlighting the prejudices and stresses of the Army. Co-starred Douglas Livingstone, Bill Owen and Bryan Marshall.

Leonard played the role of Sgt. Golto, a tough, senior prison officer who had a particular hatred for conscientious objectors.

Notes: This play was never broadcast. This was rumoured to be because it showed the Army in a bad light and, at the time, the Army were actively advertising on Rediffusion's channel.

Leonard's Role Remembered:
"Len had a very good ability to switch on and off very quickly...Somewhere on a spool of tape there's a wonderful and very different performance of Len's that has never been seen." - Douglas Livingstone (pictured).







Celebration
Thursday 4th March 1965, 9.15pm, BBC2
Written by Keith Waterhouse and Willis Hall
Directed by Mary Ridge
Produced by Bernard Hepton
Broadcast by BBC

A television adaptaton of Waterhouse and Hall's successful stage play about a family attending a wedding and, six months later, a funeral. Co-starred Trevor Bannister, Angela Crowe, Bert Palmer.

Leonard played the role of Frank Broadbent.

Notes: Waterhouse and Hall also wrote the screenplay for Leonard's films A Kind Of Loving and Billy Liar
Broadcast as part of the 'Thursday Theatre' series of plays. The tapes no longer exist.
 




Cluff (episode: The Fire Raiser)
Saturday 19th June 1965, 9.05pm, BBC1
Written by Gil North
Directed and Produced by Terence Dudley
Broadcast by BBC

One of six 50-minute stories of a rural Yorkshire policeman on his beat. Co-starred Jack Smethurst, Michael Bates, John Rolfe

Leonard played the role of Wilkie in this episode.

Notes: The lead role of Cluff was played by Leslie Sands, who starred with Leonard again in 1978 as Thruxton Appleby, one of Reggie Perrin's guests at his community in the third series of The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin.




Between The Two Of Us
Monday 19th July 1965
Written by Rhys Adrian
Directed by Graham Evans
Produced by Cecil Clarke
Broadcast by ATV

A play abot two lonely people (Rossiter and Angela Crowe, pictured) who cannot meet without bickering and arguing.

Leonard played the role of The Man - a dull, colourless person who longs for friendship but is incapable of it.

Leonard's Role Remembered:
"He brought an eccentricity to the role - the sort of eccentricity you find in ordinary people - and did it so well that he didn't seem to be acting at all." - Rhys Adrian

Critical Review:
"...What the play certainly did  provide was the opportunity for some brilliant acting by Leonard Rossiter as the man whose embarrassment was transferred from him to us with painful accuracy." - Gerald Lamer, The Guardian.





BBC-3
Saturdays 2nd October 1965 - 16th April 1966, 10.25pm
Written by various writers
Directed by Ned Sherrin and Darrol Blake
Produced by Ned Sherrin
Broadcast by BBC

A series of sketches, songs, stand-up routines and live discussion, featuring such luminaries as John Bird, John Fortune, Bill Oddie, Dennis Norden and Alan Bennett. It ran to 24 episodes.

Leonard played various characters in episodes on October 16th and 30th 1965. In the latter episode, Leonard played Groucho Marx in a sketch about Groucho's papers going to the Library Of Congress (Bill Oddie played Chico and David Battley played Harpo). Also in this episode, Leonard played the 'Grand Wizard of the East Midlands branch of the Ku Klux Klan'.

Notes: On November 13th 1965, BBC-3 became the first programme to use the F-word on British television, during an interview with theatre critic Kenneth Tynan. Despite a 10.30pm slot, it still caused a huge outrage at the time.

Links:
 Internet Movie Database
 




Redcap (episode: Epitaph For A Sweat)
31st October 1965
Written by Richard Harris
Directed by Peter Graham Scott
Produced by John Bryce

A crime drama series starring Diana Rigg and John Thaw (pictured, pre-The Sweeney and Inspector Morse) as Royal Military Police officer Sgt. John Mann, working in the Special Investigations Branch.

Leonard played the role of Sergeant Rolfe

Notes: This episode also featured John Horsley, 12 years before he played Reggie Perrin's Doc Morrissey. It also starred Ian McShane and future Blue Peter presenter John Noakes.

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Links:
 Internet Movie Database
 
 







Mr. Fowlds
Monday 15th November 1965
Written by John Bowen
Directed by Vivian Matalon
Produced by Cecil Clarke
Broadcast by ATV

A man (Rossiter) visits a young lad (David Cook, pictured) in prison in an effort to help him back onto the straight and narrow, but ends up in prison himself after blackmailing and robbing the supermarket where he works. He uses the alter ego 'Mr. Fowlds'.

Leonard played the Mr. Fowlds of the title.

Leonard's Role Remembered:
"It was a part tailor-made for Len, inasmuch as he could bring to such a fantasising and fantastic character an absolute conviction and truthfulness of playing...Later, his comedy technique was always based on consistency and conviction." - John Bowen







Dr. Knock
4th September 1966, BBC2, 7.25pm
Written by Jules Romains, transl. by Harley Granville Barker
Directed by Herbert Wise
Produced by Cedric Messina
Broadcast by BBC

Part of the 'Theatre 625' strand

A TV adaptation of the classic French play by Jules Romains, this was a tale of mass hypochondria as a Doctor (Rossiter) uses pseudo-medical knowledge to persuade a whole community that they are suffering from all sorts of illnesses. The Radio Times from the week of its broadcast writes: "The hero, Dr. Knock (Rossiter), is nothing less than a medical revolutionary, and he has a remarkable effect on his patients. When he comes to take over the rather unprofitable country practice of Dr. Parpalaid (John Le Mesurier, pictured), he looks just like another, albeit slightly mysterious, doctor. But he holds the shattering belief that every patient has a right to illness; that no one, not a single human being, is totally healthy. In no time at all Dr. Knock has an epidemic of hypochondria on his very willing hands; his number of patients doubles, then quadruples as the abnormally healthy rustics discover the delights of medical jargon, complex treatments, learned prognoses and the immense - and so far unrealised - possibilities for interesting disease in their own bodies." It co-starred Mavis Villiers, Jimmy Gardner, James Grout, Robert Gillespie, Pat Nye and Dilys Watling.

Notes: All copies of this performance were thought lost until September 2010 when a researcher in the Washington DC Library of Congress found it amongst many other plays which had been broadcast by PBS in the USA. The tapes are now with the BFI in London. News story.

Leonard played the role of Dr. Knock.

Critical Review:
"He expounded Dr. Knock's  theories of medicine in a voice as bland and soothing as glycerine and honey, and made his diagnoses with superb self-confidence." - Sylvia Clayton, Daily Telegraph.
"Leonard Rossiter... creates a magnetic portrait of the scheming quack." - Radio Times.
Links:
 Internet Movie Database



Semi-Detached
Sunday 1st May 1966, 9.05pm, BBC2
Written by David Turner
Directed by Gilchrist Calder
Produced by Cedric Messina
Broadcast by BBC

One of Leonard's great theatre performances brought to television, Semi-Detached has a special section on this web site.




Death Is A Good Living
Sundays 22nd May - 12th June 1966, 7.25pm, BBC2
Written by Philip Jones (novel), adapted by Brian Degas and Tudor Gates
Directed by Gerald Blake
Produced by Alan Bromly
Broadcast by BBC

A thriller in four parts, concerning an assassin for hire. Co-starred Henry Gilbert, Michael Godfrey, Jack May.

Leonard played the assassin, Norman Lynch

Leonard's Role Remembered:
"He was a joy to work with...he kept the whole unit laughing with his off-the-set jokes and pranks...As an actor he was utterly meticulous. He planned out every minute detail of his performance...that was Len's style of work - making his acting look ad lib and impromptu whereas he had put in a tremendous amount of care and effort and intellectuality." - Gerald Blake.








The Devil's Eggshell
Tuesday 28th June 1966, 8pm, BBC1
Written by David Weir, idea by Alex Comfort
Directed by Gareth Davies
Produced by Cedric Messina
Broadcast by BBC

A group of scientists decide to fool the government into thinking that a collection of strange eggs found at the scene of various disasters are actually of extra-terrestrial origin. One of the BBC's 'Play Of The Month' series, it also starred Keith Barron, Michael Culver and Burt Kwouk, who later appeared with Leonard in The Pink Panther Strikes Again.

Leonard played the role of the Prime Minister.

Links:
 Internet Movie Database

 
 




Taste
Wednesday 4th January 1967, 8.35pm - BBC2
Written by Roald Dahl
Directed by John Glenister
Produced by Graeme McDonald
Broadcast by BBC

Adaptation of the short story by Roald Dahl in which a wealthy stockbroker (Rossiter) wagers with an annoying dinner companion (Donald Pleasance, pictured) that he could never guess the precise origin of a bottle of his wine. He reluctantly agrees to offer his daughter's hand in marriage as a prize. The man does place the French vineyard from which the wine came, but is revealed to have cheated.

Leonard played the wealthy stockbroker Mike Schofield.

Notes: Shown as part of the 'Thirty Minute Theatre' series of plays. The tapes no longer exist.

Links:
 Roald Dahl web site










Up The Theatre

Saturday 28th January 1967, 9.05pm BBC2

An Entertainment programme about why people go to the theatre in England today as seen through the eyes of Frank Hauser and the Oxford Playhouse Company.

Leonard was an interviewed guest, along with Ken Dodd, Judi Dench, Lindsay Kemp, James Grout, Leo McKern and Alan Dobie.




The Revenue Men (episode: The Benefactor)
Tuesday 9th May 1967, 8.05pm - BBC2
Written by John Pennington
Directed by Richard Argent
Produced by Gerard Glaister
Broadcast by BBC

A BBC2 crime drama series following the work of a team of Customs & Excise men. It starred Ewan Solon and James Grant.

This episode: Easy money is the usual lure In smuggling. But there can be other motives; as Smith and McInnes discover when they dig into the past of a man who seems to have everything money can buy.
The tapes no longer exist.

Leonard played a character called Ormerod in this episode.





Drums Along The Avon
Wednesday 24th May 1967, 9.05pm - BBC1
Written by Charles Wood
Directed by James MacTaggart
Produced by Tony Garnett
Broadcast by BBC

A play about race relations in Bristol. Filmed in a documentary- style, with characters talking straight-to-camera, it is often regarded as one of the key television productions of the 1960s.

Leonard played Mr. Marcus, a white liberal crank, promoting racial harmony by 'becoming' a Sikh and a Muslim. Co-starred June Barrie, Norman Beaton, Anita Mall.

Critical Review:
"Leonard Rossiter, in the role of the black-faced coon who becomes a Sikh only to find that integration is not just a matter of sentiment and vague benevolence, gave a briliantly-sustained performance." - Stuart Hood, The Spectator.

Notes: Broadcast as part of 'The Wednesday Play' series of dramas.







Goodbye, That's All
Saturday 30th September, 1967, 11pm - BBC1
Written by Dennis Woolf
Directed and Produced by John Robins
Broadcast by BBC

Leonard played the role of 'Man'.

Part of the series 'Out Of Town Theatre'. Co-starred Amy Dalby, Frank Swann, Ann Coates.




Day Of The Tortoise
18th December 1967
Written by H. E. Bates, adapted by Julian Blond
Directed by Michael Currer-Briggs
Produced by Antony Kearey
Broadcast by Rediffusion

An adaptation of a story from the author of The Darling Buds Of May

Leonard played the role of Fred Tomlinson





At The Eleventh Hour
January 1968
Written by various writers
Directed by Peter Chafer
Produced by Anthony Smith
Broadcast by BBC

A late-night Saturday variety show on BBC1 combining a satirical review of the week's news with comedy, poetry by Roger McGough and music by The Scaffold. Miriam Margolyes and Richard Neville were also regulars.

Leonard took part in some of the show's sketches, playing various parts.





The Unquiet Man
Wednesday 21st February 1968, 8.35pm - BBC2
Written by Michael Keir
Directed by Naomi K. Capon
Produced by George Spenton-Foster
Broadcast by BBC

A struggling ventriloquist (Rossiter) suspects his wife of infidelity and seeks solace in his dummy. The dummy becomes the voice of his subconscious and persuades him to murder his wife.

Leonard played Andrew, the ventriloquist.

Notes: Broadcast as part of the 'Thirty Minute Theatre' series of dramas. The tapes no longer exist.






A View From The Obelisk
Wednesday 20th March 1968
Written by Hugh Leonard
Directed by Alastair Reid
Produced by Stella Richman
Broadcast by Rediffusion

An Irishman, Owen Brian (Rossiter), returns to his homeland with his new girlfriend and insists on showing her the view from a hilltop near Dublin. He is taken ill, and while his girlfriend goes to fetch the car, the man strikes up a conversation with an artist who is sketching the view.

Leonard played the lead role of Owen Brian.

Notes: Adapted from one of three one-act plays by Irish writer Hugh Leonard, collectively titled Pizzazz, comprising A View From The Obelisk, Roman Fever and Pizzazz. Broadcast as part of the 'Half Hour Story' series of plays.

Links:
 Hugh Leonard biography





The Fanatics
Monday 29th April 1968, 9.05pm - BBC2
Written by Max Marquis, from 'L'Affaire Calas' by Stellio Lorenzi, Andre Castelot and Alain Decaux
Directed by Rudolph Cartier
Produced by Michael Bakewell
Broadcast by BBC

A true story of bigotry and intolerance in 17th Century France. The famous philosopher and author Voltaire (Rossiter) tries to clear the name of a tradesman, Jean Calas,  who was wrongfully accused of murder and tortured to death, largely because he was a Protestant.

Co-starred Cyril Shaps, Bernard Hepton, Pamela Cundell, Richard Caldicot.

Leonard played the lead role of Voltaire.

Critical Review:
"A most persuasive little sketch of Voltaire whose physical features (this is one of Mr. Rossiter's special gifts) he somehow managed to capture." - T. C. Worsley, Financial Times
"Leonard Rossiter as Voltaire demonstrated how it is possible to express the spirit of the man through minute observation of physical mannerism." - George Melly, The Observer.

Notes: Broadcast as part of the 'Theatre 625' series of plays. Although made in colour, only black & white tapes exist.
 




The Year Of The Sex Olympics
Monday 29th July 1968, 9.05pm - BBC2
Written by Nigel Kneale
Directed by Michael Elliott
Produced by Ronald Travers
Broadcast by BBC

A science fiction play. Set in an England of the future where the population either make TV programmes or do nothing but watch them, a family volunteer to be shipped off to a remote island and be filmed 24 hours a day. It also starred Suzanne Neve, Brian Cox and 'Basil Brush' man Derek Fowlds.

Leonard played Co-ordinator Ugo Priest, the chief of the television station.
Watch it in full or buy the DVD

Notes: Broadcast in the BBC2 series Theatre 625. Made in colour but tapes only exist in black and white.

Links:
 Internet Movie Database





The Double Agent
Monday 12th May 1969
Written by John Bingham (novel), adapted by Anthony Steven
Directed by John Jacobs
Broadcast by Anglia Television

Crime thriller based on John Bingham's novel. In London, a traitor is selling information. In Moscow, a Yorkshire cloth salesman is approached by the KGB, who believe he has more to sell than cloth. Starring Brian Blessed and Peter Dyneley (pictured).

Leonard played a Russian Secret Police officer who defects.

Notes: Leonard had previously starred with Brian Blessed in Z Cars.

 

 





The Garbler Strategy
2nd August 1969
Written by Maurice Flanagan
Directed and Produced by Geoffrey Hughes
Broadcast by ATV

A number of candidates are interviewed for a management job. One man, known as 'X', amazes the panel with a seemingly revolutionary strategy, but is later revealed to be a mad man. A play produced from the winner of a competition held by The Observer newspaper and ATV.* Co-starred Anne Cunningham, Michael Lees and Jeremy Longhurst
* Thanks to the playwright's daughter for this information).

Leonard played the role of 'X'.


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