Fame Is The Spur [Howard Spring]

Episodes

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01Born In Captivity1979010720160817 (BBC7)
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20181008 (BBC7)
20181009 (BBC7)
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The story of Hamer Shawcross, from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame.

Ian McKellen in the story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

Ian McKellen stars in the story of John Hamer Shawcross - from his boyhood on the streets of Ancoats, Manchester to his pursuit of power and fame.

Set against the wider current of events in England in the early 19th century.

Howard Spring's novel freely adapted for radio in eight episodes by Ken Whitmore.

With Geoffrey Banks as Grandfather, Rosalie Williams as Ellen and Ian Flintoff as Gordon Stansfield, Elizabeth Kelly as Ma Hannaway, George Hagan as Charles Artingstall, Susan Revel as Ann Artingstall, Graham Tennant as Hawley, Rosalie Crutchley as Lizzie Lightowler, Gary Carp as John as a boy, Phillip Politt as Tom Hannaway as a youth, David Riley as Arnold Ryerson as a youth.

Director: Trevor Hill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979.

02Thrown To The Wolves1979011420160818 (BBC7)
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20181009 (BBC7)
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As Hamer starts work, he studies, preaches and keeps fit, preparing to change the world.

Ian McKellen in the story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

The story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

As John starts work, he studies, preaches and keeps fit - preparing to change the world.

Ian McKellen stars in the story of John Hamer Shawcross - set against the wider current of events in England in the early 19th century.

Howard Spring's novel freely adapted for radio in 8 episodes by Ken Whitmore.

With Gary Carp as John as a boy, George Hagan as Charles Artingstall, Romy Baskerville as Polly Burnsall, Graham Tennant as Hawley, Elizabeth Kelly as Lillian Artingstall, Lesly Nicol as Hilda, Andrew Jackson as Arnold Ryerson, Vida Paterson as Pen Muff, Ian Flintoff as Gordon Stansfield, Rosalie Williams as Ellen, Randal Herley as Richardson and Jimmy Bradock as Ezra Crompton.

Director: Trevor Hill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979.

03The Fight For St Swithin's1979012120160819 (BBC7)
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20181010 (BBC7)
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Hamer's political campaign starts in Bradford with rousing speeches to the crowds.

Ian McKellen in the story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

The story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

John's political campaign starts in Bradford with rousing speeches to the crowds.

Ian McKellen stars in the story of John Hamer Shawcross - set against the wider current of events in England in the early 19th century.

Howard Spring's novel freely adapted for radio in 8 episodes by Ken Whitmore.

With Alan Meadows as Haslett, Geoffrey Wheeler as Tom Hannaway, Herbert Smith as Marsden, Jeffrey Wickham as Lord Lostwithiel of Hereward Castle, Helen Ryan as Lady Lettice Melland, June Barry as Anne Artingstall, Rosalie Crutchley as Lizzie Lightowler, Andrew Jackson as Arnold Ryerson, Vida Paterson as Pen Muff and Peter Bell as Bellows.

Director: Trevor Hill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979.

04Lovers And Losers1979022820160822 (BBC7)
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20181011 (BBC7)
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Dirty tricks are played by a ruthless opponent - how will Labour fare in the by-election?

Ian McKellen in the story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

The story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

Ian McKellen stars in the story of John Hamer Shawcross - set against the wider current of events in England in the early 19th century.

Howard Spring's novel freely adapted for radio in 8 episodes by Ken Whitmore.

With Peter Guinness as Harry, Viscount Liskeard, June Barry as Anne Artingstall, John Baldwin as Jimmy Newboult, Tom Harrison as Sergeant Newboult, Rosalie Williams as Ellen Stansfield, Helen Ryan as Lady Lettice Melland, Geoffrey Wheeler as Tom Hannaway, Jeffrey Wickham as Lord Lostwithiel of Hereward Castle, Rosalie Crutchley as Lizzie Lightowler, Andrew Jackson as Arnold Ryerson, Graham Tennant as Hawley Artingstall, Lesley Nicol as Hilda, Ann Rye as Edith Ryerson, Vida Paterson as Pen Muff and Anthony Wingate as the Election Official.

Director: Trevor Hill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979.

05Deaths And Entrances1979020420160823 (BBC7)
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20181012 (BBC7)
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Hamer Shawcross's political pursuits lead him to Westminster and Welsh valley mines.

Ian McKellen in the story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

The story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

John's political pursuits lead him to Westminster and Welsh valley mines.

Ian McKellen stars in the story of John Hamer Shawcross - set against the wider current of events in England in the early 19th century.

Howard Spring's novel freely adapted for radio in 8 episodes by Ken Whitmore.

With Alan Meadows as Haslett, Geoffrey Wheeler as Tom Hannaway, Herbert Smith as Marsden, Jeffrey Wickham as Lord Lostwithiel of Hereward Castle, Helen Ryan as Lady Lettice Melland, June Barry as Anne Artingstall and Rosalie Crutchley as Lizzie Lightowler.

With Peter Guinness as Harry Liskeard, Andrew Jackson as Arnold, Rosalie Williams as Ellen, Vida Paterson as Pen Muff, Nina Holloway as Nell Richards, Helen Ryan as Lady Lettice Melland, Geoffrey Wheeler as Tom Hannaway, Jeffrey Wickham as Lord Lostwithiel of Hereward Castle, James Tomlinson as Carrickfergus, June Barry as Anne Artingstall, Richard Clay-Jones as Evan Vaughan, John Baldwin as Jimmy Newboult, Rosalie Crutchley as Lizzie Lightowler, Herbert Smith as Marsden and Rory Scase as the Gallery Assistant.

Director: Trevor Hill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979.

06Hamer's Women1979021120160824 (BBC7)
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Social reformer Hamer is tempted by Lady Lettice, as his wife fights for the suffragettes.

Ian McKellen in the story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

The story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

Social reformer John is tempted by Lady Lettice, as his wife fights for the suffragettes.

Ian McKellen stars in the story of John Hamer Shawcross - set against the wider current of events in England in the early 19th century.

Howard Spring's novel freely adapted for radio in 8 episodes by Ken Whitmore.

With John Baldwin as Jimmy Newboult, June Barry as Anne Artingstall, Peter Guinness as Harry Liskeard, Rosalie Crutchley as Lizzie Lightowler, Andrew Jackson as Arnold Ryerson, Vida Paterson as Pen Ryerson, Graham Tennant as Hawley Artingstall, Colin Dean as the Organ Grinder, Rosalie Williams as Ellen, Geoffrey Wheeler as Tom Hannaway, Helen Ryan as Lady Lettice Melland, Roger Grainger as the Doctor, David Boardman as Charles Shawcross, aged 8, Joan Anstey & Delia Corrie as the Wardens.

Director: Trevor Hill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979.

07Nothing But The Truth, Almost!1979021820160825 (BBC7)
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The Great War dominates politics as leaders ask people to unite and Hamer's son joins up.

Ian McKellen in the story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

The story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

Ian McKellen stars in the story of John Hamer Shawcross - set against the wider current of events in England in the early 19th century.

Howard Spring's novel freely adapted for radio in 8 episodes by Ken Whitmore.

With June Barry as Anne Artingstall, Rosalie Crutchley as Lizzie Lightowler, Andrew Jackson as Arnold Ryerson, Vida Paterson as Pen Ryerson, Valerie Georgeson as Alice Ryerson, Geoffrey Wheeler as Tom Hannaway, Romy Baskerville as Lady Hannaway, Cynthia Michaelis as Mrs Ambeley-Rosewater, John Baldwin as Jimmy Newboult, Helen Ryan as Lady Lettice Melland and Peter Ellis as the Election official.

Director: Trevor Hill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979.

08Perish By The Sword1979022520160826 (BBC7)
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Labour has a brief taste of power, and fortunes are made and lost.

Ian McKellen in the story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

The story of Hamer Shawcross from boyhood to his pursuit of power and fame

Labour has a brief taste of power and fortunes are made and lost, as Hamer Shawcross concludes his memoirs

Ian McKellen stars in the story of John Hamer Shawcross - set against the wider current of events in England in the early 19th century.

Howard Spring's novel freely adapted for radio in 8 episodes by Ken Whitmore.

With John Baldwin as Jimmy Newboult, Helen Ryan as Lady Lettice Melland, Romy Baskerville as Lady Hannaway, Andrew Jackson as Arnold Ryerson, Vida Paterson as Pen Ryerson, Rosalie Crutchley as Lizzie Lightowler, Geoffrey Wheeler as Tom Hannaway, Valerie Georgeson as Alice Ryerson, Richard Durden as Charles Shawcross and Rory Scase as Pendleton.

Director: Trevor Hill

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1979.