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David Jason (Micawber)

David Jason has starred in many of the nation’s favourite television dramas, ‘A Touch of Frost’, ‘The Darling Buds of May’, ‘Only Fools and Horses’, ‘A Bit of A Do’, ‘Open All Hours’ and ‘Porridge’. His performance in ‘Porterhouse Blue’ earned him a BAFTA Award for Best Actor in 1996. Other credits include ‘A Sharp Intake of Breath’, ‘Amongst Barbarians’, ‘March in Windy City’, ‘All the King’s Men’ and he has provided the voices for many hugely popular British animation series including ‘Dangermouse’, ‘Count Duckula’ and Toad in ‘Wind in the Willows’.

David was awarded an OBE in 1993 and has received many awards for his work over the years. He received a Special Recognition Award from the National Television Awards in 1996 and he has twice won Best Actor award at the National Television Awards. David has recently completed directing his first television drama, ‘The Quest’ , which is also semi-autobiographical. He is an Executive Producer on Micawber.

Annabelle Apsion (Mrs Micawber)

Annabelle’s television credits include ‘Soldier, Soldier’, ‘The Lakes’, ‘Good Night Mr Tom’, ‘Sunburn’, ‘The Midsomer Murders’ and most recently ‘The Sleeper’. This autumn Annabelle can be seen starring opposite Albert Finney in H.E.Bates’ ‘My Uncle Silas’.

Elizabeth Bennett (Mrs Sturgeon)

Elizabeth’s television drama credits include ‘Coronation Street’, ‘Brookside’, ‘Lovejoy’, ‘Dangerfield’, ‘Home to Roost’ and two series of ‘The 10%ers’ and ‘The Lakes’. Her comedy appearances include ‘Harry Enfield’s Brand Spanking New Show’, ‘The Ali G Show’ and ‘Mr Bean’. Later this year Elizabeth can be seen in several episodes of Yorkshire Television’s ‘Heartbeat’ as Aidensfields answer to Mary Whitehouse Joyce Jowett.

Mark Benton (Ezra Chisney)

Mark’s television credits include ‘As Time Goes By’, ‘Kiss Me Kate’, ‘Ballykissangel’, ‘Preston Front’, ‘Randall & Hopkirk Deceased’ and ‘Boon’. Mark has worked on a number of Mike Leigh’s films, as Ricky in ‘Career Girls’ and Sidney Price in ‘Topsy Turvey’.

Michael Cochrane (Lord Edward)

Michael’s long and varied television career includes leading roles in ‘Wings’, ‘Love in a Cold Climate’ and ‘Fortunes of War’ and he has featured in many popular series including ‘The Darling Buds of May’, ‘Heartbeat’, ‘Keeping Up Appearances’ and ‘A Touch of Frost’.

Jamie Foreman (Ismail)

Jamie has appeared in a number of feature films including ‘Sleepy Hollow’, ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Nil By Mouth’ and ‘This Years Love’. His television credits include ‘Without Motive’, ‘Murder Most Horrid’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Bugs’ ‘House of Elliot’, ‘Between The Lines’ and ‘Inspector Morse’.

Jan Francis (Lady Charlotte)

Jan Francis starred opposite Paul Nicholas in three series of John Sullivan’s hit comedy ‘Just Good Friends’. Other television credits include ‘Sunburn’, Yorkshire Television’s ‘The Verdict’, ‘Minder’ and several series of ‘Stay Lucky’. Movie credits include ‘Dracula’ starring opposite Frank Langella.

Adrian Hood (Babbitt)

Adrian’s television credits include ‘The Bill’, ‘Where The Heart Is’, ‘Victoria Wood With All The Trimmings’, ‘Dinner Ladies’ and four series of ‘Preston Front’. He has worked extensively with John Godber in theatres across the country and featured in Godber’s film ‘Up ‘n’ Under’. Adrian also featured in the hugely popular British film ‘Brassed Off’.

Martin Jarvis (Lord M)

Martin has most recently been seen on screen in the BBC drama ‘Lorna Doone’, ‘Sex ‘n’ Death’ and Lynda La Plante’s ‘Supply and Demand’. Some of his many other TV appearances include ‘The Forsythe Saga’, ‘Nicholas Nickeby’, ‘David Copperfield’, ‘Rumpole of the Bailey’, ‘Inspector Morse’ and ‘A Touch of Frost’ as well as the BBC Screen One film ‘Absence of War’. His movie credits include the Hollywood blockbuster ‘Titanic’. In 20000 he was awarded an OBE.

Milton Johns (Chettle)

Milton’s television credits include ‘The Scarlet Pimpernel’, ‘Moll Flanders’, ‘The Missing Postman’, ‘Casualty’, ‘Boon’, ‘Bergerac’, ‘Some Mothers Do Have Em’ and ‘Coronation Street’. His stage credits include ‘A Woman in Black’, ‘A Christmas Carol’ and ‘Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf’.

Sam Kelly (Mr Cudlipp)

Sam is perhaps best known as the character Captain Hans Geering in ‘Allo ‘Allo’. Other television credits include three series of ‘On The Up’, two series of ‘Barbara’’, ‘Peak Practice’, ‘Oliver Twist’, ‘Martin Chuzzlewit’, ‘Home to Roost’ and ‘Cold Feet’. His film credits include Mike Leigh’s ‘Topsy Turvey’ and Alan Bleasdale’s ‘Getaway’.

Michael Troughton (Milton)

Michael’s television credits include ‘Mrs Bradley Mysteries’, ‘Taggart’, ‘Silent Witness’, ‘Goodnight Sweetheart’, ‘Boon’, ‘Casualty’ and four series of the award winning Yorkshire Television comedy ‘The New Statesman’. His theatre credits include Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead’, and the RSC’s ‘The Taming of the Shrew’ and ‘Happy End’ on tour.

John Sullivan (Writer)

As Britain’s foremost comedy writer John has won huge audiences and countless awards for his work both in the UK and the US. John spent twenty two years at the BBC creating classics such as ‘Citizen Smith’ and ‘Only Fools and Horses’. Other television credits are ‘Just Good Friends’ with Jan Francis, ‘Dear John’ and ‘Roger, Roger’.

Adrian Shergold (Director)

Adrian started his career in theatre becoming Artistic Director at the Soho Poly and Associate Director at Stratford East. After completing a BBC Directors course Adrian moved on to direct ‘Inspector Morse’, ‘Goodbye Cruel World’, ‘The Life and Times of Henry Pratt’ and ‘A Touch of Frost’. Award winning programmes include ‘Holding On’ won the 1998 RTS Award for Best Drama Serial and ‘Births, Marriages & Deaths’ with Ray Winstone won the 1999 Broadcast Award for Best Drama. Most recently Adrian directed LWT’s ‘Buried Treasure’ with John Thaw.

Vernon Lawrence (Producer)

For nearly twenty years Vernon was Executive Producer at Yorkshire Television where he worked on such shows as ‘Rising Damp’, ‘Duty Free’ and ‘The Darling Buds of May’. From here he moved on to become Chairman of United Productions. After seven years he retired from United last year and has returned to his much-loved role as a producer.

David Reynolds (Executive Producer)

David joined Yorkshire Television as a floor manager in 1968.

In 1973 he was appointed a director at the age of Twenty five. Credits at this time include ‘The Sandbaggers’, ‘When the Boat Comes In’, ‘The Beiderbecke Affair’, ‘Bergerac’ and ‘Lovejoy’.

In 1986 David rejoined Yorkshire as Deputy Controller of Entertainment. He produced ‘The New Statesman’, ‘Home to Roost’ and ‘A Bit of a Do’.

David was appointed Controller of Entertainment in 1993 and has been executive producer of ‘A Touch of Frost’, ‘Rules of Engagement’, ‘Chiller’, ‘See You Friday’ and ‘Circle of Deceit’.

In 1998 he was appointed Controller, Comedy Drama and Drama Features. Recently, David has been executive producer on Kay Mellor’s ‘Fat Friends’ and two series ‘My Uncle Silas’ starring Albert Finney. David is currently working with David Jason on ‘The Quest’.

David was awarded the O.B.E. in 1997.

Note: Some parts of this article copyright Granada Media (c) 2001. All rights reserved.

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