John Foster’s first book for young people, King Cinder was based on the successful BBC1 television series.


Kerry Hutson lived and dreamed speedway, and his great ambition was to ride for the Barton Barons. Years before, his father had been a speedway rider in Barton and had risen to be a professional and an international star. Kerry’s brother was now riding for the Barons and determined to make it into the big league.


But when Todd Edwards, his father’s old enemy , returned from London, the whole tenor of Kerry’s life was changed. Todd had been a small-time crook, run out of town by Kerry’s father. Prosperous now, but still a crook, his vendetta against the Hutson family was waged with an intensity beyond all reason. Bribery, blackmail and kidnapping were Todd’s weapons and his accomplice carried a gun …

THIS popular and successful show was first shown between November 2nd and December 7th, 1977 on BBC1.

John Foster teaches screenwriting at the Media School of Bournemouth University and the London School of Film, Media & Performance at Regent’s College, London. He is visiting lecturer at University Complutense and University Rey Juan Carlos, Madrid and has taught on British Council overseas script development programmes, working with students in Ghana and Sri Lanka. He has published fiction in the Guardian and Spectator, written for radio and the theatre, worked as a script editor and researcher for the BBC, Central and Granada.  His screenwriting credits include many episodes for TV series such as Z-Cars, Softly Softly, Crown Court, Emmerdale, Juliet Bravo, Rockliffe, Saracen and The Bill.  He has also written childrens’ serials, one-off dramas and dramatised documentaries, including a BAFTA award-winning BBC Omnibus on crime novelist Raymond Chandler.

Biography courtesy of Doppelgänger Productions

Photos copyright © Paul Wheeler

Photos copyright © BBC

Cast

John Foster

Kerry

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Peter Duncan

Nikki

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Lesley Manville

Trevor

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Jeremy Arnold

Todd

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Michael Hawkins

Richard Hutson

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Tony Caunter

Nutty

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Howard Goorney

Lacey

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Daniel Albinieri

Clayton

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Derek Ware

Director

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John Prowse

Producer

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Anna Home

A BBC serial from 1977

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