Mystery and Imagination (ITV, 1968-70) came in the post today. I’ve only watched ten minutes of the 1970 ep “The Suicide Club”, but five minutes in David Collings turned up in a top hat and cape and started throwing cream tarts about the room.
But don’t worry. He’ll probably die or break down soon, I’m sure. This being cheerful lark can’t last, not when you’re in a horror (ish) story.
“And remember this, that if you’ve been hated, you’ve also been loved. Ah, but, Isabel, adored!”
(I keep forgetting I need to watch cheerful things. I’m now all broken-hearted by ridiculously slow old BBC TV again.)
David Collings as Julian Oakapple in ITV Southern’s 1977/78 children’s drama Midnight Is A Place, adapted from Joan Aiken’s book.
And a scene from the book they didn’t do (they couldn’t afford the snow, the pony, the dog, the cat, the canary, or the baby among other things), and I wish they had:
“You may as well do as she [Lady Murgatroyd] says,” Mr Oakapple observed drily. “Look how meek and biddable she has made me.” He was sitting with the canary perched on top of his head, entertaining the baby by handing her back the various pine-cones, pebbles, and lumps of knotted wood that she chose to throw out of her cradle. Lucas could not help laughing, though it hurt his throat to do so.
… And take a bow.
Jan Francis dancing again in Ep 6 “The Last Tsar” of Fall of Eagles (1974).
Jan Francis in Fall of Eagles (1974).
Start as I mean to go on - a screencap showcasing the awesome that is David Collings’ hair: David Collings as Julian Oakapple in Midnight Is A Place (ITV Southern, 1977/78).