The Nearly Man + The Eagle Has Landed
+ intro by Professor John Hill
Two slices of mid-1970s political drama from Granada.
Dir John Irvin
With Tony Britton, Michael Elphick
A contrasting double bill of mid-1970s political dramas from the pioneering ITV company Granada. Arthur Hopcraft’s gritty script, about a Labour politician caught between his Westminster ambitions and the demands of his northern constituency, inspired a subsequent TV series.
+ The Eagle Has Landed
Late Night Theatre. Granada 1973
Dir Colin Cant
With Roland Curram, Weston Gavin, Zoë Wanamaker
An exuberant and wildly inventive satire on the Apollo Space Programme, written by David Edgar, in which two astronauts ‘drop in’ on an ordinary English family.