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Sam (1973 TV series)

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Genre  Drama, Family
Country of origin  UK
First episode date  12 June 1973
Number of episodes  39
Networks  ITV, ITV Granada
8.1/10 IMDb

Written by  John Finch
Original language(s)  English
Final episode date  25 August 1975
Original network  ITV
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Directed by  Colin Cant,Les Chatfield,Bill PodmoreRoland Joffé
Starring  Mark McManusKevin MoretonBarbara EwingRay SmithJohn PriceFrank MillsAlethea CharltonMichael GoodliffeJames HazeldineMaggie JonesDorothy WhiteJennifer HilaryCherith MellorJan HarveyIvor RobertsAlan DavidStephanie TurnerSimon RouseVeronica RobertsPeter DuncanWindsor DaviesJim NortonCarol Drinkwater
Cast  Mark McManus, Michael Goodliffe, Alethea Charlton, Maggie Jones, Barbara Ewing

Similar  Inheritance (TV series), Alethea Charlton, Barbara Ewing

Sam series 1 part 1 1973

Sam is a television drama series written by John Finch and produced by Granada Television between 1973 and 1975 for broadcast on ITV. Finch also created and wrote A Family at War for Granada.


The series is based on fact, with Sam as a boy growing up in Featherstone. It was initially set in the coalfields of Yorkshire in the inter-war period but eventually progressed to the modern (then) era. Interior scenes were recorded at Granada's studios in Manchester, while many of the exterior scenes were filmed in Lancashire. For example, the railway station used for filming was Garswood, near Wigan. Local dialect is used, e.g. top-at-knob referring to North Featherstone. The series was made in a video/film hybrid format, which was common at the time.

Sam 1973 series 1 episode 1 title sequence

Series 1: 1973

With Kevin Moreton as Sam aged 11 to 14. It's 1934. Sam Wilson’s mother Dora has left her husband and taken Sam to her hometown of Skellerton, a Yorkshire mining village.

Series 2: 1974

This series is set in the post war period; the main character is played by Mark McManus.

  1. A New World (Original Air Date—16 May 1974)
  2. Legacy (Original Air Date—23 May 1974)
  3. Shape Yourself Round It (Original Air Date—30 May 1974)
  4. Under a Cloud (Original Air Date—6 June 1974)
  5. Head and Heart (Original Air Date—13 June 1974)
  6. Stay Single and Live for Ever (Original Air Date—20 June 1974)
  7. Credit (Original Air Date—27 June 1974)
  8. Sins of the Fathers (Original Air Date—4 July 1974)
  9. The World as It Is (Original Air Date—11 July 1974)
  10. Land (Original Air Date—18 July 1974)
  11. Half a Loaf (Original Air Date—25 July 1974)
  12. Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (Original Air Date—1 August 1974)
  13. Moving On (Original Air Date—8 August 1974)

Series 3: 1975


  1. God Sent Sunday (Original Air Date—2 June 1975)
  2. In the Midst of Plenty (Original Air Date—9 June 1975)
  3. Compensation (Original Air Date—16 June 1975)
  4. Bonfire Night (Original Air Date—23 June 1975)
  5. The Difference Between Us (Original Air Date—30 June 1975)
  6. What You Care Is What You Do (Original Air Date—7 July 1975)
  7. Gains and Losses (Original Air Date—14 July 1975)
  8. The Honest Generation (Original Air Date—21 July 1975)
  9. Opting Out (Original Air Date—28 July 1975)
  10. Home Thoughts from Abroad (Original Air Date—4 August 1975)
  11. The Next in Line (Original Air Date—11 August 1975)
  12. Proposals (Original Air Date—18 August 1975)
  13. Ends and Means (Original Air Date—25 August 1975)

Video and DVD release

All three series were issued by Acorn Media UK in 2003.


Sam (1973 TV series) Wikipedia