Based on one of Catherine Cookson's most beloved works, this made-for-TV drama revolves around slick cardplayer Rory Connor, a rags-to-riches gambler faced with a life-changing decision. Never one to shy away from high stakes, Rory is in the game of his life when he's asked to make the ultimate sacrifice for his brother.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man - Richard Franklin (actor) - Netflix
Not to be confused with Richard Franklin (director), the Australian-born film director. Richard K. Franklin (born 15 January 1936) is an English actor, writer, director and political activist. Principally a stage actor, he has also appeared as a regular character in several high-profile British television programmes, including Crossroads, Emmerdale Farm, and most notably in the BBC science fiction television series Doctor Who, in which he portrayed Captain Mike Yates of UNIT. Franklin initially played the part from 1971 until 1974, but has returned to the role on a number of occasions both on television and in Doctor Who spin-off media. Franklin is a prolific dramatist and author of books such as “Forest Wisdom: Radical Reform of Democracy and the Welfare State” reflecting his left-wing political views and activism, as well as novels based in the Doctor Who universe. Franklin has stood as an independent candidate for Parliament several times and founded the Silent Majority Party.
Catherine Cookson's The Gambling Man - Doctor Who - Netflix
Franklin's most well-known television work is on the long-running science-fiction series Doctor Who. He first appeared in the role of Mike Yates, a Captain in the fictional military organisation U.N.I.T., in the 1971 serial Terror of the Autons during the Jon Pertwee era of the show. He continued as a series regular until the 1974 serial Planet of the Spiders, which also marked the end of Pertwee's tenure as the title character. He has maintained his association with Doctor Who and appears regularly at conventions, and in spin-off and documentary productions. He has recreated Captain Mike Yates on television twice, for the Twentieth Anniversary special The Five Doctors (1983) and also the Thirtieth Anniversary 3-D Special for Children In Need Dimensions In Time (1993). A photograph of Franklin in role as Yates appeared on screen in the fiftieth anniversary special The Day of the Doctor (2013). He has also appeared in the role on numerous occasions in audio plays for both Big Finish Productions, and the BBC for whom he appeared alongside the fourth Doctor, Tom Baker. In 2002 Franklin wrote The Killing Stone, a novel featuring Yates as the main character. It was initially released as an audio book, read by the author, before publication by Fantom Films in 2013 under the title Operation H.A.T.E. The rewritten version of the book removed all named references to Doctor Who characters and replaced them with unambiguous equivalents in order to avoid infringing copyright. Franklin also recorded a short cameo, as himself for the live Dr Who podcast stage show, 50 Years of Doctor Who: Preachrs Podcast Live 2. He appeared in this alongside a mix of modern and classic Doctor Who actors including; Nicholas Briggs, Peter Davison, Simon Fisher Becker and Terry Molloy.
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