Rachel And The Roarettes
Louise Gold appeared, as Bootleg Jane, BBC Pebble Mill, Broadcast on Thursday 13 June 1985, BBC 2.
Rachel - Josie Lawrence
Moll - Jean Hart
Black Bess - Femi Taylor
Bootleg Jane - Louise Gold
At The Black Dog
Maggie - Terry Neason
Melanie - Susannah Bunyon
Harold - Alan Ford
Eustace - Howard Lew Lewis
Priest - Norman Beaton
Judge - James Grout
Elizabeth - Linda Polan
Belinda - Deborah Poplett
DC Smear - Barry Stanton
PC Twerp - Christopher Ryan
Words and music - Jude Alderson / Sadista Sisters
Musicians - Richard Wolfson, Andrew Saunders, David Adams, Julia Palmer, and, Slaned Jones
Director - Rob Walker
Choreography - Stuart Hopps
Sound - Ian Rae
Lighting - Bob Chaplin
Script Editor - Caroline Oulton
Designer - Sally Engelbach
Producer - Roger Gregory for BBC Pebble Mill
Other Crew - John Greening
The plot seems to have been about a motercycling homosexual feminist named Rachel popping into a pub to borrow a spanner, and, along with her gang of multicoloured homosexual bikers, ends up rescuing the landlord’s daughter, on her wedding day, from what would have been an enslaving marriage; while at the same time metaphorphosing into a dashing eighteenth century highwayperson.
A substantial amount of Gary Oldman’s part was cut, due to the shooting schedule overrunning (as he still seems to have been billed, one might assume that some of his part survived). There was actually a photograph of him with Josie Lawrence in 18th century garb and swords in that week’s edition of The Radio Times, for the programme’s billing.
Christopher Ryan and Louise Gold went on to appear together on stage in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.
Howard Lew Lewis and Louise Gold had previously appeared together on television in BlackAdder.
It’s possible that Deborah Poplett could be the Debbie Poplitt who may have taken part in Thing A Thon.
Josie Lawrence, and, Louise Gold had previously appeared together in Bag.
Laugh I Nearly Paid My Licence Fee, Rita Rudner, Alexei Sayle’s Merry-Go-Round, and, A Week In The West End were also shown in BBC 2, as was the national broadcast of City Lights, and the first terrestrial broadcast of The Alan Clark Diaries.
Links about Rachel And The Roarettes
BFI Database Entry for the programme: http://ftvdb.bfi.org.uk/sift/title/325468
TV Cream’s R section: http://tv.cream.org/a-z/r/
Online Originals article about songwriter Jude Alderson: http://www.onlineoriginals.com/showitem.asp?itemID=70
Katholm Productions’ page for Jude Alderson: http://www.sitecenter.dk/katholmproductions/oftestilledesprgsml/