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The Sound Of Fury by Mike Walker
Directed by [ ]
BBC Radio 4 - 02.03.1996

SummaryEdit

The life of Billy Fury.
A dramatized reconstruction about the 'British Elvis'.

CastEdit

Billy Fury

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Anton Lesser

Larry Parnes

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Peter Whitman

Russell Hartey

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Rory Bremner

Stuart Coleman

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Robert Glenister

Dickie Pride

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Andy Serkis

Marty Wilde

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Ian Target

Joe Brown

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Alistair McGowan

Jack Good

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Nicholas Boulton

Hugh

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Jeremy Clyde

Terry

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Peter Watts

The Nurse / Donna

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Siriol Jenkins

The Doctor

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Richard Tate

The Producer

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Tom Bevan

The Interviewer

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James Taylor

Woman in the Street

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Rachel Atkins

The Stage Door Man

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Ken Sherack

Critical ReceptionEdit

“The writing is seductive.. and the cast (with Rory Bremner as Russell Harty) play it with such conviction that come midnight tonight there’ll be many an old rocker with tears on the pillow for poor dead Billy”. (Laurie Taylor, The Times)

The thesis behind Mike Walker's story was that Billy Fury was a creative genius, perhaps the first artist of rock 'n' roll this century produced; but that he was betrayed by money men, particularly Larry Parnes, and forced to sell out to MOR. Even the sense of lurking doom about Fury, forever working in the shadow of death because of his weak heart, couldn't convince you that he was a man of destiny; and lines like 'The rest of your life is waiting for you' and 'You don't do rock 'n' roll, it's inside you or nowhere' didn't help. Still, even if it didn't work as history, it was splendid melodrama, thanks to Andy Jordan's straight-faced direction and excellent central performances by Peter Whitman, playing Parnes as Fagin, and Anton Lesser as Fury, full of a memorable fragility and intensity. (The Independent Tuesday 1st March 1994)


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