Tuesday, August 17, 2010

TV FLASHBACK : FALLEN ANGELS .... 1974

ANGLIA TELEVISION
Presents

FALLEN ANGELS 
Starring
JOAN COLLINS as Jane Banbury 
MICHAEL ALDRIGE & RONALD FRASER as THE HUSBANDS with the Angels!
SUSANNAH YORK as Julia Sterroll 
SACHA DISTEL as Maurice Ducios 
MICHAEL ALDRIDGE as Fred Sterroll 
RONALD FRASER as Willoughby Banbury 
LALLY BOWERS as Saunders 

Produced by John Jacobs & Ron Kass 
Adapted for television by William Fairchild 
From the play by Noel Coward 
Costumes by Beatrice Dawson 
Directed by Donald Mc Whinnie


When Jane informs her friend Julia that an old flame, they both have secret feelings for is coming to town, the girls become frantic and with their husbands out of the way, how will they deal with the situation. Only heaven above can help those Fallen Angels!

THE ANGELS.. SIGNED BY SUSANNAH
 In 1972 Joan was still married to Ron Kass and he managed to secure the rights to some of Noel Coward plays in order to produce them for television. Joan had hoped he could secure her favourite play "Private Lives", but no luck with that. But she did love "Fallen Angels", a play that first was staged in New York in 1927 starring Tallulah Bankhead and Edna Best. With Ron producing, Joan was given the task of casting the production and she immediately knew Susannah York was perfect for the role of Julia. Susannah loved working on the production and instantly took a liking to Joan and they became the best of friends. I spoke to Susannah recently and even though she did not remember too much about the production side she had only praise for Joan.
" Joan is a superb light comedienne, it is a pity that through her career producers tend to think of her as a sultry sex symbol." Susannah also mentioned she remembered in the 80's testing for the role of Sable Colby on "The Colby's" and Joan been very supportive.  Joan also wanted the perfect man to play Maurice as she recalled..
" I thought Sacha would be perfect for the role, as usually in the past the part was played by a lesser known actor..I felt it extremely important to the plot as Susannah and I pend most of the play extolling the virtues of this divine Frenchman, with whom we both loved, by time the audience see him, he had to be to die for!"
JANE.. MAURICE & JULIA
SUSANNAH, SACHA & JOAN in rehearsal
SUSANNAH & I RECENTLY
JOAN as JANE
LALLY BOWER



                                                                  Screened over Christmas and was a big success. Joan was delighted that a good friend Beatrice Dawson was doing the costumes as Bea was one of the theatres best designers and had been a good friend to Joan's favourite actress Vivien Leigh. She scoured the antique shops looking for authentic twenties frocks and came up with some beautiful items..I watched the programme recently and it is a sparkling production and both ladies are excellent. Joan returned to Coward in the 90's with the BBC series "Tonight at 8.30",which will feature more on in future posts.. 

The cast in rehearsals

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