United!

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United!
Created byAnthony Cornish
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series1
No. of episodes147
Production
Running time30 minutes
Release
Original network BBC1
Original release4 October 1965 (1965-10-04) 
2 March 1967 (1967-03-02)

United! is a British television series which was produced by the BBC between 1965 and 1967, and was broadcast twice-weekly on BBC1.

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The series followed the fortunes of a fictional second division football team, Brentwich United. The football scenes were filmed on the grounds of Stoke City with Jimmy Hill acting as a technical advisor, and the efforts to achieve authenticity saw the show being criticised by the then management of Wolverhampton Wanderers, who complained that the series was based on their team.

United! was not a success, and was cancelled after two series. The programme was generally considered to be too soft to appeal to male viewers, and too male-oriented for the female soap opera audience. As was common television practice of the time, the series' videotapes were wiped for reuse. As a result, none of its 147 episodes are believed to have survived. [1] [2]

Created by Anthony Cornish, other writers on the programme included Gerry Davis, Brian Hayles, Malcolm Hulke and John Lucarotti. The directors included Innes Lloyd and Derek Martinus. Aside from Cornish, all of these individuals also worked on Doctor Who concurrent with their involvement in United!.

Another Dr Who connection was Derrick Sherwin who featured briefly as a fiery Welsh striker and went on to write and produce extensively for the sci-fi series.

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