Though primarily known as a serious actor, drama was only one of the strings to Edward Woodward’s bow. A significant proportion of his stage work included musicals and music-themed shows, gaining him a Variety Club award for the Best Performance in a Musical. Singing was undoubtedly one of the great loves of his life, and his strong tenor voice graced numerous best-selling albums – the enthusiasm for his work shining through.
With the success of Callan, Woodward became a household name – this popularity giving him the chance to show his lighter side in three light entertainment specials in the early 1970s for Thames Television. Sadly only the first one still remains in the archive, but it ably showcases Woodward’s whimsical side; jokes and music abound, while his guests in this show include Beryl Reid, Patrick Cargill and Russell Hunter. The highlight of the show for Callan fans, however, is the Callan vs Father, Dear Father sketch.
The original transmission master of The Edward Woodward Hour was junked back in the 1970s but an off-air video recording has survived. This has been restored as much as possible but network warn those thinking of purchasing that they will notice a drop in picture quality compared to other programmes of this vintage.
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