Triangle

(1981–83)

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| TV Programme | Colour
| Stars: Michael Craig, Larry Lamb, Paul Jerrico

Soap opera about the crew and passengers aboard a North Sea ferry on the triangular route between Felixstowe, Gothenburg and Amsterdam

The definitively awful soap opera, so bad that it was mesmeric. The geometric shape of the title was the route taken (exotic Felixstowe to Gothenburg to Amsterdam) by a North Sea ferry. Kate O’Mara starred as chief purser Katherine Laker. As with Bill Sellar’s previous series, The Brothers, also featuring Kate O’Mara, Triangle mixed bedroom and boardroom. (O’Mara’s purpose as series’ sex symbol was made bare in episode one when she appeared semi-naked). Added to the formula were accidents at sea and customs violations.

At the time, the series was hailed as a breakthrough in drama production, because new lightweight cameras allowed all the filming to be done on location, the ferry Tor Scandinavia. A studio was even built in the ship’s hold for editing. Unfortunately, none of the production team understood that the North Sea is among the world’s roughest and coldest; as a result, the actors always had the green pallor of seasickness, and exterior shots were usually shrouded in mist with the actors and actresses buffeted by the wind. Also, the difference in light balance in the cabins between the interior and porthole exterior was so great that the curtains had to be kept permanently closed. The result was gloomy claustrophobia.

Kate O’Mara jumped the disaster ship after the first season. Triangle itself sank just two seasons later.

Featured series cast

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Michael Craig
1 episode
Captain John Anderson
Larry Lamb
1 episode
Matt Taylor
Paul Jerrico
1 episode
Charles Woodhouse
George Baker
1 episode
David West
Sandra Dickinson
1 episode
Penny Warrender
Penelope Horner
1 episode
Sarah Hallam
Sandra Payne
1 episode
Christine Harris
Diana Coupland
1 episode
Marion Terson
Kate O’Mara
1 episode
Katherine Laker
A new picture of the talented and lovely British actress Joan Greenwood under contract to the J. Arthur Rank Organisation.
1 episode
Judith Harper
Jonathan Owen
1 episode
Peter Nuttall
Douglas Sheldon
1 episode
Arthur Parker
Phillip Hatton
1 episode
Tony Grant
Elizabeth Larner
1 episode
Jo Bailey
Cindy O’Callaghan
1 episode
Linda Kennedy
Tony Anholt
1 episode
Nick Stevens
Dawn Addams
1 episode
Mrs Landers
Scott Fredericks
1 episode
Tom Kelly
Jonathan Scott-Taylor
1 episode
Helena Breck
1 episode
Sandy McCormick
Ted Edwards (Nigel Stock) in a scene from It Always Rains on Sunday (1947)
1 episode
Wally James
Peter Arne
1 episode
Kevin Warrender
Thera Van Horneyer
1 episode
Claire de Haan
Dennis Burgess
1 episode
George Terson
Derek Fowlds
1 episode
‘Mozz’ Barker
Earl Adair
1 episode
Gary Rae
Charles Bolton
1 episode
Stephen Garrett
Jamie Roberts
1 episode
Bill Ryan
Marion Owen Smith
1 episode
Lisa Watkins
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Film clips

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Main title from Triangle (1981-83)

Triangle (1981-83) opening credits

Date published

Main title from Triangle (1981-83).

Pictures

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Screenshot from Triangle

Production

78 x 25 minute episodes, colour. BBC 1981 - 1983. Bill Sellars (Producer and Creator).