Neville Smith

Born in Liverpool in 1940, Neville Smith, a one time collaborator of director Ken Loach, is one of a number of working-class actors and writers to have transformed the subject-matter and tone of television drama in the 1960s and 1970s. He was responsible for two of Loach's finest television films - 'The Golden Vision' (The Wednesday Play, BBC, tx. 17/4/1968) and After a Lifetime (ITV, tx. 18/7/1971) - but also developed a partnership with the director Stephen Frears, for whom he wrote the cult British detective film, Gumshoe (UK/US, 1971).

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Wish You Were Here (1987)

In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age. At sixteen, she becomes more exhibitionist and seeks out sexual encounters ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Leland
CAST:  Emily Lloyd  •  Tom Bell  •  Jesse Birdsall  •  Clare Clifford

In a staid English seaside town after the Second World War, young Lynda grows up with her widowed father and younger sister. Rebellious Lynda has been swearing constantly from an early age. At sixteen, she becomes more exhibitionist and seeks out sexual encounters ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  David Leland
CAST:  Emily Lloyd  •  Tom Bell  •  Jesse Birdsall  •  Clare Clifford

Prick Up Your Ears (1987)

Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Alfred Molina  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Frances Barber

Stephen Frears directs this biographical drama focusing on controversial British playwright Joe Orton, revealed in flashback after his murder by lover Kenneth Halliwell. Born in 1933 in Leicester, in the English Midlands, John 'Joe' Orton moves to London in 1951, ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Gary Oldman  •  Alfred Molina  •  Vanessa Redgrave  •  Frances Barber

Gumshoe (1971)

A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay  •  Janice Rule

A would be private eye gets mixed up in a smuggling case.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Albert Finney  •  Billie Whitelaw  •  Frank Finlay  •  Janice Rule

Me! I'm Afraid of Virginia Woolf (1978)

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Carol MacReady  •  Thora Hird  •  Derek Thompson

A repressed night-school teacher, secretly homosexual, struggles to cope with his demanding, eccentric mother.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Carol MacReady  •  Thora Hird  •  Derek Thompson

The Big Flame (1969)

After a prolonged industrial dispute in the Liverpool Docks, the striking workers reject management demands of a return to work and decide instead to occupy the docks and run the operation themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Norman Rossington  •  Godfrey Quigley  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Ken Jones

After a prolonged industrial dispute in the Liverpool Docks, the striking workers reject management demands of a return to work and decide instead to occupy the docks and run the operation themselves.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Norman Rossington  •  Godfrey Quigley  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Ken Jones

In Two Minds (1967)

Kate, a young girl under psychiatric examination, suffers from a lack of confidence, self-esteem and self-control – telling of the “bad Kate” who commits immoral acts. Could the hypocrisy, selfishness and weakness of those around her have led to this state of mind ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Anna Cropper  •  George A. Cooper  •  Helen Booth  •  Christine Hargreaves

Kate, a young girl under psychiatric examination, suffers from a lack of confidence, self-esteem and self-control – telling of the “bad Kate” who commits immoral acts. Could the hypocrisy, selfishness and weakness of those around her have led to this state of mind ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Anna Cropper  •  George A. Cooper  •  Helen Booth  •  Christine Hargreaves

Praise Marx and Pass the Ammunition (1970)

A Marxist-Leninist expelled from the British Communist Party joins the Revolutionary Party of the Third World, sleeps around, and attempts to rethink his place within the revolution after the events of the 1968 May uprising in Paris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Hatton
CAST:  John Thaw  •  Edina Ronay  •  Louis Mahoney  •  Anthony Villaroel

A Marxist-Leninist expelled from the British Communist Party joins the Revolutionary Party of the Third World, sleeps around, and attempts to rethink his place within the revolution after the events of the 1968 May uprising in Paris.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Hatton
CAST:  John Thaw  •  Edina Ronay  •  Louis Mahoney  •  Anthony Villaroel

Long Shot (1978)

A budding Scottish film producer tries to get his ambitious Aberdeen-set western financed, and while he attracts some major stars and directors to the film he finds that with their support come more and more script changes... Filmed around the 1977 Edinburgh Film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Hatton
CAST:  Charles Gormley  •  Neville Smith  •  Anne Zelda  •  David Stone

A budding Scottish film producer tries to get his ambitious Aberdeen-set western financed, and while he attracts some major stars and directors to the film he finds that with their support come more and more script changes... Filmed around the 1977 Edinburgh Film ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Maurice Hatton
CAST:  Charles Gormley  •  Neville Smith  •  Anne Zelda  •  David Stone

Afternoon Off (1979)

Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Henry Man  •  Benjamin Whitrow  •  Angela Morant  •  Pasquale Perrino

Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Henry Man  •  Benjamin Whitrow  •  Angela Morant  •  Pasquale Perrino

Billy Liar (1963)

A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life turns into a mess and he has an opportunity to run away and leave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Tom Courtenay  •  Wilfred Pickles  •  Mona Washbourne  •  Ethel Griffies

A young Englishman dreams of escaping from his working class family and dead-end job as an undertaker's assistant. A number of indiscretions cause him to lie in order to avoid the penalties. His life turns into a mess and he has an opportunity to run away and leave ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Schlesinger
CAST:  Tom Courtenay  •  Wilfred Pickles  •  Mona Washbourne  •  Ethel Griffies

The End of Arthur's Marriage (1965)

In this off-beat musical – a satire that combines fantasy, social observation and songs – a working class man goes to put a deposit on a new house only to find he prefers spending to saving and is happy to spend his money on a few hours of happiness rather than a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Ken Jones  •  Maureen Ampleford  •  Charles Lamb  •  Winifred Dennis

In this off-beat musical – a satire that combines fantasy, social observation and songs – a working class man goes to put a deposit on a new house only to find he prefers spending to saving and is happy to spend his money on a few hours of happiness rather than a ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Ken Jones  •  Maureen Ampleford  •  Charles Lamb  •  Winifred Dennis

Bad News Tour (1983)

A documentary crew films heavy metal band Bad News as they have trouble starting their van, pick up a schoolgirl groupie, and meet up with rock journalist Sally at a motorway service station where they argue about the cost of sausage and chips.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandy Johnson
CAST:  Adrian Edmondson  •  Rik Mayall  •  Nigel Planer  •  Peter Richardson

A documentary crew films heavy metal band Bad News as they have trouble starting their van, pick up a schoolgirl groupie, and meet up with rock journalist Sally at a motorway service station where they argue about the cost of sausage and chips.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandy Johnson
CAST:  Adrian Edmondson  •  Rik Mayall  •  Nigel Planer  •  Peter Richardson

The Lump (1967)

The Lump is an uncompromising exploration of exploitation and resistance within the building trade.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Gold
CAST:  Leslie Sands  •  Colin Farrell  •  Joby Blanshard  •  James Caffrey

The Lump is an uncompromising exploration of exploitation and resistance within the building trade.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Jack Gold
CAST:  Leslie Sands  •  Colin Farrell  •  Joby Blanshard  •  James Caffrey

The Golden Vision (1968)

The obsessive supporters of Everton FC forsake wives, families and God to follow their beloved team. Meanwhile, the club and its players try to live up to their expectations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Bill Dean  •  Neville Smith  •  Ken Jones  •  Joey Kaye

The obsessive supporters of Everton FC forsake wives, families and God to follow their beloved team. Meanwhile, the club and its players try to live up to their expectations.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Bill Dean  •  Neville Smith  •  Ken Jones  •  Joey Kaye

The Rank and File (1971)

Ken Loach production for The Wednesday Play; a fictionalised account of the Pilkingtons Glass strike in St Helens, 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Peter Kerrigan  •  Neville Smith  •  Bill Dean  •  Tommy Summers

Ken Loach production for The Wednesday Play; a fictionalised account of the Pilkingtons Glass strike in St Helens, 1970.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Peter Kerrigan  •  Neville Smith  •  Bill Dean  •  Tommy Summers

After A Lifetime (1971)

Ken Loach's first production for ITV, shown under the 'Sunday Night Theatre' strand (originally broadcast 18th July 1971). After a Lifetime is something of a neglected, social realist masterpiece that focuses on two brothers, brought together by the death of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Bill Dean  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Johnny Gee

Ken Loach's first production for ITV, shown under the 'Sunday Night Theatre' strand (originally broadcast 18th July 1971). After a Lifetime is something of a neglected, social realist masterpiece that focuses on two brothers, brought together by the death of their ...  (more)

DIRECTION:  Ken Loach
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Bill Dean  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Johnny Gee

Bag of Yeast (1976)

When teacher Tony Scannell decides he wants to be ordained as a Catholic Priest his decision has wide ranging effects on his family and loved ones.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Grigsby
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Alison Steadman  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Gladys Ambrose

When teacher Tony Scannell decides he wants to be ordained as a Catholic Priest his decision has wide ranging effects on his family and loved ones.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Michael Grigsby
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Alison Steadman  •  Peter Kerrigan  •  Gladys Ambrose

Long Distance Information (1979)

Play For Today written by and starring Neville Smith. Christian Harvey , a local radio DJ and ageing rocker, is an obsessive fan of Elvis and the news of Elvis's death is for him a personal tragedy as well as the end of an era.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Pauline Collins  •  Malcolm Terris  •  Anne Zelda

Play For Today written by and starring Neville Smith. Christian Harvey , a local radio DJ and ageing rocker, is an obsessive fan of Elvis and the news of Elvis's death is for him a personal tragedy as well as the end of an era.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Stephen Frears
CAST:  Neville Smith  •  Pauline Collins  •  Malcolm Terris  •  Anne Zelda

There Is Also Tomorrow (1969)

The commanding officer of a regiment handling nuclear missiles is shocked to see his daughter Sally on television taking part in a student demonstration.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Glyn Houston  •  Jean Harvey  •  Ann Penfold  •  David Burke

The commanding officer of a regiment handling nuclear missiles is shocked to see his daughter Sally on television taking part in a student demonstration.  (more)

DIRECTION:  John Mackenzie
CAST:  Glyn Houston  •  Jean Harvey  •  Ann Penfold  •  David Burke

Completely Bad News (2019)

A double offering of heavy metal madness from The Comic Strip and Bad News.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandy Johnson
CAST:  Rik Mayall  •  Adrian Edmondson  •  Nigel Planer  •  Peter Richardson

A double offering of heavy metal madness from The Comic Strip and Bad News.  (more)

DIRECTION:  Sandy Johnson
CAST:  Rik Mayall  •  Adrian Edmondson  •  Nigel Planer  •  Peter Richardson
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