C2: POWERPLAY

RADIO TIMES: As Avon and Vila fight separate battles for survival, each finds that it is not always easy to distinguish between friends and enemies....

BROADCAST

 

Monday, 14 January 1980: 7.15pm-8.10pm

 

GUEST CAST

 

Klegg - Michael Sheard

Harmon - Doyne Byrd

Lom - John Hollis

Mall - Michael Crane

Zee - Primi Townsend

Barr - Julia Vidler

Nurse - Catherine Chase

Receptionist - Helen Blatch 

CREW
 

Writer - Terry Nation

Director - David Maloney (uncredited)

Producer - David Maloney

Script Editor - Chris Boucher

Fight Co-ordinator - Max Faulkner

Production Assistant - Edwina Craze

Production Unit Manager - Sheelagh Rees

Director's Assistant - Shuna Young

Assistant Floor Manager - Antony Root

Film Cameraman - Peter Chapman

Film Recordist - Ian Sansam 

Film Editor - Sheila S Tomlinson 

Series Videotape Editors - Sam Upton (Uncredited), Malcolm Banthorpe (Uncredited)

Visual Effects Designer - Steve Drewitt, Jim Francis 

Video Effects - A.J. Mitchell 

Graphic Designer - Doug Burd 

Studio Lighting - Brian Clemett 

Studio Sound - Malcolm Johnson 

Special Sound - Elizabeth Parker 

Costume Designer - Dee Robson 

Make Up Artist - Sheelagh J. Wells 

Music By - Dudley Simpson 

Series Created By - Terry Nation 

FACT FILE

 

  • Powerplay was commissioned from Terry Nation on Monday 30 April 1979.

 

  • Nation’s script specified that the Chengans should all be of the same ethnic type, suggesting North American Indians.

 

  • Actors considered for the part of Tarrant included Desmond Adams, Nick Tate, Paul Seed, Duncan Preston, Andrew Ray, Christian Roberts (who had appeared in Breakdown), Chris Brown and Jonathan David. 

 

  • On-camera screen tests were conducted in the basement at Broadcasting House where David Maloney read the part of Vila and Paul Darrow was present to read the part of Avon.

 

  • There was some concern that Pacey looked a little too much like a younger Gareth Thomas mainly because of his curly hair but he was eventually awarded the role.

 

  • Filming for Series C commenced at How Steen Gorge, near Pateley Bridge in North Yorkshire on Monday 30 July 1979.

 

  • Filming was covered by a film crew from the local news programme Look North who interviewed David Maloney and Michael Keating. 

 

  • The scenes in the corridor and life capsule bay were filmed at Ealing Studios in late August 1979.

 

  • Recording took place in TC6 from Tuesday 11 to Wednesday 12 September 1979. 

 

  • The flight deck sequences were recorded on Thursday 20 September alongside sequences for Volcano.

 

 

IN THEIR OWN WORDS

“They contacted my agent. We met Chris Boucher at the BBC and after talking to me, he went to David Maloney – I think I’ve found the right guy to play Tarrant – and I went to the audition, read it and went for a screen test, doing the bit of butch acting that Tarrant tends to do. I read the blurb and I thought that I was wasting their time – Del Tarrant age 35. It was a month later that I actually heard I’d got it. I’d written it off by then.”

 

Steven Pacey, interviewed by Horizon in 1980.

 

“It was tremendously difficult, because Terry wanted a 35 year old leading man. David wanted a strong actor to hold the series together, because at that point they didn’t think Paul could do it. The trouble was where to find a 35-year-old leading actor who would come in and to some extent play second fiddle to somebody who was already established in the series. It was a replacement for Gareth, but you couldn’t cast somebody who looked like him, because it wasn’t Blake.” 

 

Production secretary, Judith Smith, interviewed by Terminal in 1990. 

 

EPISODE GALLERY

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Tarrant and Avon.

Tarrant and Avon.

Steven Pacey and Paul Darrow.

Tarrant and Dayna

Tarrant and Dayna

Steven Pacey and Josette Simon.

Dayna

Dayna

Josette Simon

The Series C crew

The Series C crew

Josette Simon, Steven Pacey, Michael Keating, Jan Chappell.

The line-up changes!

The line-up changes!

Josette Simon, Steven Pacey, Michael Keating, Jan Chappell.

Vila and Cally held captive

Vila and Cally held captive

Michael Keating and Jan Chappell.

Prisoners on Chenga

Prisoners on Chenga

Michael Keating and Jan Chappell.

Screen Test 1

Screen Test 1

Steven Pacey.

Screen Test 2

Screen Test 2

Steven Pacey.

Chengan rescue ship model

Chengan rescue ship model

FX shot.

Model filming

Model filming

VFX Designer Jim Francis.