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Cotton Reels

Fears that the Chancellor of the Exchequer is about to increase Purchase Tax are fuelling a recent increase in sales of cars, radios and television sets according to The Guardian‘s Financial Editor.

Meanwhile, it’s something of a come-down for the award-winning Sooty and Harry Corbett as today they are to be found “At School” on  BBC children’s television.

The evening sees the first of four plays under the title The Makepeace Story. Written by Frank and Vincent Tilsley and covering a period of 180 years the play cycle reveals “The story of cotton seen through the eyes of a Lancashire family.” The first production, which is produced by Chloe Gibson, covers the years 1774-1783 when the family was headed by Seth Makepeace (Patrick McGoohan). Interestingly, despite it being a serial of a kind, different producers helm each play: Campbell Logan, Tony Richardson and Alvin Rakoff are in charge of the others.

It’s unclear whether every play in the series requires location work, but a photograph of the series’ producers in Radio Times explains the absence of Campbell Logan because he was “on location filming scenes for the second play.”

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