Wednesday, 18 August 2010


Tx Date: 14th July 1964

Love Story was a long running series of one-off TV plays (1963-1974) produced by ATV at their Elstree Studios (now the home of Eastenders).

As the title of the strand suggests the theme of the dramas was love in all its many forms with scenarios varying from the tender and warm to the cruel and quirky.

These were rarely soft dramas however and the main script editor for the strand, Stella Richman**, despite being exhorted by Lew Grade to avoid low ratings, worked hard to prove that quality did not have to be the enemy of popularity.

TP's involvement in the series started in 1964 with A Word In Season in which he starred with Diana Coupland (pictured below.  Subsequent appearances followed with Give My Love To The Pilchards (1965), Toccata for Toy Trumpet (1965), Egg on the Face of the Tiger (1968) and A Man Alone (1968).

Among those artists he would appear with were Charles Gray, Dennis Waterman, Joanna Dunham and Lynn Redgrave

**You can read more here about Stella Richman in this obituary piece by the writer Frederic Raphael.

Production Stills

This sequence of production stills are from TP's first 'Love Story' (with Diana Coupland).  There's no record of the story line but it can probably be deduced that Ms. Coupland has fallen for one of McAlpine's Fusilers.

It is not known if any of these dramas still exist on tape but the chances they will have been wiped.  Video tape was expensive and so master tapes were often wiped for re-recording on.



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