Bill Brand

Bill Brand

Bill Brand is a British television drama series produced by Thames Television for the ITV network and shown in the summer of 1976.

Written by Trevor Griffiths, the series charted the political progress of the eponymous Brand, a Labour Party Member of Parliament who is selected as Labour candidate for a Lancashire textile constituency, following the death of the sitting Labour MP. He holds the seat with a small majority, but finds the demands of his career at odds with his left-wing convictions.

Screened for one series of eleven episodes, Bill Brand starred Jack Shepherd in the title role. Other notable cast members included: Lynn Farleigh, Alan Badel, Rosemary Frankau, Arthur Lowe, Rosemary Martin, Cherie Lunghi, Geoffrey Palmer, Nigel Hawthorne and Colin Jeavons.

Of these, Lowe played the Prime Minister, Arthur Watson. Badel played a left-wing Cabinet minister, David Last. Palmer and Hawthorne played Government ministers from the Gaitskellite wing of the Labour Party. Cherie Lunghi played Alex, a young woman with whom Brand is having an extra-marital affair. Trevor Griffiths was strongly criticised for giving Lunghi’s character the same name as a well-known former Rangers F.C. footballer: Rangers supporters felt that Griffiths was deliberately baiting them.

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Bill Brand is a British television drama series produced by Thames Television for the ITV network and shown in the summer of 1976.

Written by Trevor Griffiths, the series charted the political progress of the eponymous Brand, a Labour Party Member of Parliament who is selected as Labour candidate for a Lancashire textile constituency, following the death of the sitting Labour MP. He holds the seat with a small majority, but finds the demands of his career at odds with his left-wing convictions.

Screened for one series of eleven episodes, Bill Brand starred Jack Shepherd in the title role. Other notable cast members included: Lynn Farleigh, Alan Badel, Rosemary Frankau, Arthur Lowe, Rosemary Martin, Cherie Lunghi, Geoffrey Palmer, Nigel Hawthorne and Colin Jeavons.

Of these, Lowe played the Prime Minister, Arthur Watson. Badel played a left-wing Cabinet minister, David Last. Palmer and Hawthorne played Government ministers from the Gaitskellite wing of the Labour Party. Cherie Lunghi played Alex, a young woman with whom Brand is having an extra-marital affair. Trevor Griffiths was strongly criticised for giving Lunghi's character the same name as a well-known former Rangers F.C. footballer: Rangers supporters felt that Griffiths was deliberately baiting them.

Original Name: Bill Brand
Number of Seasons: 1
Number of Episodes: 11
Status: Ended

Type: Miniseries
Network(s): ITV
Last Air Date: August 16, 1976
Episode Runtime: 60 mins
Genres: Drama
IMDB Link: tt0162791
Spoken Language(s): English
Origin Countries: United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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  • Season 1 — 11 Episodes — Air Date: June 7, 1976
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