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‘Forgotten Dramas 2’ at BFI Southbank: ‘The Passionate Pilgrim’ (1953)


Our second ‘Forgotten Television Dramas’ season continues at 8.40 pm on Wednesday 8 February with a screening of one of the earliest surviving British television dramas, The Passionate Pilgrim from 1953. Only two earlier plays survive before The Passionate Pilgrim which was broadcast live in the same week as the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and has not been seen since. Directed by the BBC’s Head of Drama, Michael Barry, The Passionate Pilgrim is based on a book by Charles Terrot about the nurses who accompanied Florence Nightingale to the Crimea in 1854. Featuring Betty Cooper (as Florence Nightingale), Rachel Gurney, Maureen Pryor and John Gregson, keen-eyed viewers may also spot Patrick Troughton (the second Doctor Who) playing two different characters!

A full article about the play can be found on our blog here.




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