ALL OUR YESTERDAYS
Rehearsals: 19th – 22nd November 1974 at St Paul’s Church Hall, Sussex Place, London W6
9:30 – 1:30pm
Walk-Through: 24th November at Yorkshire Television Centre, Leeds
Recorded: 24th November 1974 at Yorkshire Television Centre, Studio 4, Leeds
Broadcast: Friday 8:30pm 3rd January 1975
Leonard Rossiter – Rigsby
Richard Beckinsale – Alan
Frances de la Tour – Ruth
Don Warrington – Philip
Derek Newark – Spooner
Creator/Writer Eric Chappell
Producer Ronnie Baxter – tbc
Director Len Lurcuck
Designer Colin Pigott
Music Dennis Wilson
Casting James Ligatt
Floor Manager Mike Purcell
Stage Manager Terry Knowles
Production Asst Mary Byrne
Lighting Peter Hardman
Cameras Arthur Tipper
Sound Ian Hughes
Vision Mixer John Cooper
Tech Supervisor Gordon Quin
Wardrobe Brenda Fox
Make-up Diana Caplin
Prop Buyer Rod Saul
Call Boy John Heaton
Warm-up Felix Bowness
A churlish, humourless, professional wrestler requires handling with a certain degree of tact at the best of times. But how does one handle such an aggressive sort of gent at the worst of times – and still come out of it unscathed?
That’s the problem Rigsby faces with the granite-muscled Spooner who at the moment is a particularly unco-operative tenant. Spooner has little time for Rigsby under normal circumstances, and the fact that Vienna, his cat, was responsible for Spooner’s present predicament – a broken leg – certainly hasn’t done much to enhance the latter’s regard for his landlord!
So when Spooner’s fellow tenants complain about the bad-tempered wrestler is playing his radio too loud, it’s going to take all the courage Rigsby can muster to persuade him to turn down the volume.
Of course, a war veteran like Rigsby has had lots of experience staring into the face of adversity. It’s when it comes to staring into the face of Spooner that guts are called for over an above the call of duty….
Did you know?
- Len Lurcuck suggested that the pork pie and apple to be consumed by Richard in the episode, be supplied by the YTV canteen. Beckinsale expressed a preference for supplying his own, making a good humoured comment regarding those from the YTV canteen.
- Derek Newark wore a lightweight cast, hinged for easy application and removal.
- A sweatshirt was made for Spooner with the words ‘THE ANIMAL’ emblazoned across the chest. Derek Newark was allowed to keep the top after recording as a memento.
- A bowl of goldfish was hired for the scene’s in Spooner’s flat. Plus, a World War II German uniform and a .45 revolver which was loaded with a blank cartridge.
- Stock music from the archive was used for the music being played through Spooner’s radio.
- A mew was ‘fed in’ during the scene in which Rigsby aims a kick at Vienna.
- End credits were superimposed over the “RISING DAMP” caption slide.
Interesting to note:
- Production# 2755
- Len Lurcuck, who was a friend and colleague of Ronnie Baxter, stepped into the director’s shoes when Ronnie was taken ill a few days prior to the filming of this episode.
- Fridays at 8.30pm, opposite Ken Dodd’s World of Laughter
- ‘All Our Yesterdays’ – 6.1m (11th)
Leonard Rossiter #12
Richard Beckinsale #11
Frances de la Tour #6
Don Warrington #8
Derek Newark #7