|adam rosenthal (young)....ceallach spellmanadditional music by william oxborrowamy rosenthal....antouk hymanangie....Rebecca Frontbarbra streisand....Jessica Martinbeth swofford....amy shindlerdirector Maureen Lipman with Dirk Maggsexecutive....Toby Longworthgeorge best....Rupert Degashead of drama....Kerry Shaleherself....Maureen Lipmanherself....Maureen Lipman|
lakey girl....Rebecca Front
sam....George Laytonherself....amy rosenthalhimself....adam rosenthalhobo....Toby Longworthintercom voice....Toby Longworthjack rosenthal....stephen manganjack rosenthal....stephen mangan
floorman/ decorator/ toby/ patrick/ writer/ detective 2....Rupert Degas
lakey/ pat phoenix/ peggy ramsey....Rebecca Front
amy rosenthal (child)....agnes hyman
theo/ maurice/ peter witt/ director....George Layton
director/ stacey/ decorator 2/ detective 1/ toby/ patrick....Toby Longworth
jule styne/ comissionaire/ martin charnin....Kerry Shale
peter eckersley/ floorman....colin shindler
adam rosenthal (child)....ceallach spellman
director Maureen Lipman with Dirk Maggs
producer bruce hyman
additional music by william oxborrowproducer bruce hymanreptile specialist....Rupert Degastrucker....colin shindlerzelma....amy rosenthal
Episode 1 starts just before his birth and follows Jack up to his days as an inspiring writer at Sheffield University.
Jack's brief spell in the Navy, followed by his early career at Granada TV. Along the way it captures the excitement and buzz of the early days of independent television (where he met his future wife Maureen Lipman), and the first broadcast of Coronation Street, for which Jack wrote over 100 episodes.
Jack is firmly established at Granada Television and his reputation as a playwright is growing. He finally leaves Manchester for London, marries Maureen Lipman and embarks joyfully on the family life that will inform so much of his work.
Meanwhile, Jack is penning some of his best-known plays. Among these is the award-winning Barmitzvah Boy, which leads him into an unlikely flirtation with musical theatre, albeit a short lived one.
Jack is established as an award-winning writer and a household name. He recounts his experiences of working with Barbra Streisand, sparring with Hollywood, and saving the family tortoise from certain death. A portrait of Jack emerges as a devoted husband and father, which remains movingly evident throughout this tribute to a seminal playwright and a much-loved man.