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Willy Russell - Screenwriter

Willy Russell




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Born 23 August 1947 in Whiston, Lancashire just outside Liverpool.

Willy Russell is one of Britain's most successful playwrights, and has produced popular stage hits like Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine both of which have subsequently become successful feature films, and the hit West End musical Blood Brothers.

Amongst numerous early TV productions was Our Day Out <audio> (BBC 1979) about a Liverpool school group's ill-fated day trip to Wales. (Clearly an inspiration for the later One Summer).

Russell had a varied career before becoming a successful playwright, starting out as a ladies hairdresser, and working for a time as a high school teacher.

In 2001 he added novelist to his list of credits, with the release of the best-selling book "The Wrong Boy". In 2005 he released his first solo album titled 'Hoovering the Moon' .

Included on the willyrussell.com site is a fascinating interview that gives some insights into the inspiration behind One Summer. A page on One Summer has recently been added to his site.



Gordon Flemyng - Director

Born: Glasgow, Scotland, March 7, 1934
Died: July 12, 1995

A director of film and television productions, Gordon Flemyng started his directing career on the 1957 series The Army Game and in 1962 the British feature Solo for Sparrows.

Director of two Dr Who feature films Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965) and Daleks' Invasion Earth: 2150 A.D. (1966) he also directed for numerous popular TV series over four decades including The Avengers, The Saint, Lovejoy, Peak Practice, The Bill and Minder and the 1987 mini-series Wish Me Luck.

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Alan Parker - Composer


The music of One Summer is one of the most memorable features of the series. Born in 1944, Alan Parker was a session guitarist for many years, and studied at the Royal Academy of Music. His works include a Mass and music for 20 feature films including Jaws 3, What's Eating Gilbert Grape and American Gothic as well as 75 TV features. His most recent work for TV was Walking with Cavemen for the BBC in 2002.

Alan is one of the leading guitarists in Britain, studying composition and orchestration at London’s Academy Of Music. During the 1960’s - 1980’s he contributed profusely to recorded music libraries, including the KPM, De Wolfe, Bosworth, Amphonic and Themes labels. He was a founder member of the successful late 1960’s / early 1970’s pop bands “Blue Mink” and “The Congregation”, having chart-hits with both groups, as well as composing a lot of their material.

Other TV series Alan has worked on include “Van Der Valk”, “Minder” and more recently the BBC TV serial “Rhodes”.

As an arranger Alan has worked for people such as Dusty Springfield, The Walker Brothers, Neil Diamond and John Denver among many others. Alan continues to be active in the studios, currently writing music for a variety of TV and film productions.

(Bio taken from http://www.vinylvulture.co.uk/)

One Summer theme:
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Alan Parker - composer
Dempsey & Makepeace theme
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Email from Alan Parker - Sept 2003: I initially got involved through the director, Gordon Flemyng. I had various talks with him, and started working on an idea for the theme. My relationship with Gordon was such that he 90% left me to compose the score, and would hear it when I had finished.
The idea to use harmonica was mine (inspired by the harmonica in the script). The player was Paul Jones (Manfred Mann).
I composed the score on guitar, the acoustic guitar was a Martin, and the electric was a Telecaster.
I was very happy with the score. Apart from the harmonica I played all of the instruments. The score was recorded at my home studio.
(Thanks to Greg for this info)


Peter Kindred - Production Designer

In 1964 Peter Kindred joined the BBC Design Department at Television Centre, Wood Lane, London. He stayed with the BBC for 13 years designing many classic productions including Wuthering Heights, Little Lord Fauntleroy, Treasure Island and the Mayor of Casterbridge starring Alan Bates, but in a quiet period he also designed the hit comedy series, Fawlty Towers.

In the years between 1977-87, he worked for all the major TV companies as a freelancer. It was in 1982 whilst working for Yorkshire TV on One Summer he was drawn to Wales. The warmth of the local people and the beauty of the scenery led him to move to Wales where he established himself as a watercolour artist as well as running a B&B.

Kidder's artwork in One Summer was drawn by Peter Kindred.

(Text taken from http://www.peterkindred.com/ )

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Keith Richardson - Producer IMDB Entry

Barry Reynolds - Editor

Peter Jackson - Photography IMDB Entry

David Cunliffe - Executive Producer


Peter Lover & Graeme MacArthur - Unit Managers

Barrie Box & Don Atkinson - Sound Recordists

John Murphy & Ruth Boyle - Casting

Malcolm Hamilton - Stage Manager

Val Hurst - Costume

Pam Fox - Makeup