One Chord Wonders, Television's Over [Drama]


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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.