One Chord Wonders: Television's Over
March, 1977. Punk rock is rumoured to be arriving in suburban Surrey. Is anarchy about to overwhelm civilized society or is this salvation for the bored teenagers of Camberley? By Frank Cottrell Boyce.
Adam... Kristopher Milnes
Pete... Freddy White
Sergeant Henshaw... Gerard Horan
Councillor Myatt... Fenella Woolgar
Mo... Leanne Rowe
Benny... James Daley
Pete's dad... Ben Crowe
Muttley/Steve... John Hasler
Margaret/Sharon... Amy Enticknap
D.I. Voke... John Rowe
Charlie Damage... Dan Starkey
Town Clerk... Nyasha Hatendi
Julie... Sarah Bedi
Mo's mum... Joan Walker
Mick... Tim James
Director/Producer... Toby Swift
ONE CHORD WONDERS is a series of 5 plays by top British screenwriter Frank Cottrell Boyce. The series looks at the 'punk generation' three decades on, with each play telling a different, but connected, story. Featured actors include Pauline Quirke, Doon Mackichan, Sian Reeves, Richard Ridings, Danny Webb, Manjinder Virk and Fenella Woolgar.
Frank Cottrell Boyce is probably best known for films like '24 Hour Party People', 'A Cock & Bull Story', 'Hilary & Jackie', 'Welcome to Sarajevo' and 'Butterfly Kiss'. He won the CILIP Carnegie Medal in 2004 for 'Millions', his first novel, which was subsequently filmed by British director Danny Boyle.
The series is based on the fictional premise that in March 1977 punk band the Adverts performed a gig in Camberley to an audience of 27 people. Over 30 years later, someone is trying to bring those 27 people back together again for a reunion.
The final play, 'Television's Over', takes us back 34 years to where it all begin; the day punk heroes the Adverts arrived at the Police Club in Camberley. Many of the characters we have met in earlier plays are there in their teenage guise. At the centre of it all is Adam, a young lad in desperate need of something to believe in.
By Frank Cottrell Boyce. 1977: The bored teenagers of Camberley are about to get punk.