Get Lost!

Get Lost!

Infobox Television
show_name = Get Lost!

genre = Comedy drama
writer = Alan Plater
starring = Alun Armstrong
Bridget Turner
Michael Goldie
Sheila Reid
David Calder
Brian Southwood
theme_music_composer = Duke Ellington
opentheme = “Dual Highway”
endtheme = “Dual Highway”
country = UK
language = English
num_series = 1
num_episodes = 4
executive_producer = David Cunliffe
producer = Michael Glynn
runtime = c. 50 minutes per episode
network = ITV (Yorkshire Television)
picture_format = PAL 576i
audio_format = Monaural
first_aired = 12 June 1981
last_aired = 3 July 1981
related = The Beiderbecke Trilogy
imdb_id = 081868

"Get Lost!" is a British television drama serial made by Yorkshire Television in 1981 for the ITV network. Written by Alan Plater, the plot concerns the disappearance of the husband of Leeds schoolteacher Judy Threadgold (Bridget Turner). Investigating the disappearance, with the aid of her colleague, woodwork teacher Neville Keaton (Alun Armstrong), Judy learns of the existence of a secret organisation that helps disaffected people leave their unhappy lives behind.

Alan Plater's "The Beiderbecke Affair" (1985) started out as a sequel to "Get Lost!" but was rewritten with new characters when Alun Armstrong proved unavailable to reprise the role of Neville Keaton.

Plot summary

The plot of "Get Lost!" concerns the disappearance of Jim Threadgold (Brian Southwood), husband of English teacher Judy Threadgold (Turner). Aided by her colleague, woodwork teacher Neville Keaton (Armstrong), Judy sets out to find out what has happened to her husband. Judy and Neville soon discover the existence of a secret organisation dedicated to assisting people who want to escape the mundanity of their lives and families and just disappear. Although Judy eventually finds her missing husband, she is none too enthusiastic about taking him back and allows him to seek a new life running a fish and chip shop. Her adversarial relationship with Neville blossoms into a love affair.


Alan Plater had begun writing for television in the early nineteen-sixties and had been a regular writer on the police series "Z-Cars" (1962-78) and its spin-off series "Softly, Softly" (1966-69) and "" (1969-76). He had also written several plays for the BBC and ITV and created and wrote the sitcom "Oh No, It's Selwyn Froggitt!" (1974). Plater's scripts were noted for their strong depiction of the lives of the inhabitants of Northern England. In 1978, Plater was commissioned by David Cunliffe, an executive producer at Yorkshire Television (YTV), to adapt J. B. Priestly's "The Good Companions" as a thirteen part serial. Plater was only able to stretch the plot to fill nine episodes and so offered to write four episodes of what he called a “non-violent thriller” to make up the balance.

Using characters inspired by Nick and Nora Charles, the detectives in the film "The Thin Man" (1934) and its sequels, Plater sought to juxtapose the conventions of the hardboiled thriller, as expounded by the likes of Raymond Chandler and Dashiel Hammett, with the mundanity of life in Yorkshire. The plot was inspired by a newspaper article that reported that 20,000 people went missing in the UK each year.

In creating his two protagonists – Neville Keaton and Judy Threadgold (named after Sunderland goalkeeper Harry Threadgold) – Plater hit upon the idea of making the schoolteachers, saying, “I tried to think of the least likely place to find two detectives and I came up with a staffroom of a comprehensive school in Leeds”. Plater apportioned elements of his own interests to his two heroes, making Judy an environmental campaigner and Neville a football and jazz fan. Neville's love of jazz is reflected in the serial's soundtrack which features re-recordings, by Frank Ricotti and featuring Kenny Baker, of tracks by the likes of Duke Ellington.

Cast as Neville Keaton was Alun Armstrong who, at the time, had worked with the National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company and would later go on to enjoy a varied television career with roles in such programmes as "Our Friends in the North" (1996), "This is Personal: The Hunt for the Yorkshire Ripper" (2000) and "New Tricks" (2003-present). Judy Threadgold was played by Bridget Turner , an actress best known for her stage work, especially works by Alan Ayckbourn, and had previously appeared in episodes of "Sutherland's Law" (1973-76) and "Target" (1977-78).

"Get Lost!" aired to respectable ratings – averaging 10.9 million viewers across its run – and Plater soon began work on a sequel. When it transpired than Alun Armstrong would not be available to reprise the role of Neville Keaton, Plater decided that, rather than recasting the role, he would create two new characters and rewrite the scripts. The sequel to "Get Lost!" was reworked by Plater into what was to become "The Beiderbecke Affair" (1985), the first serial in what was to become known as "The Beiderbecke Trilogy".

"Get Lost!" was relased on region 2 DVD by Network DVD in 2006 as an extra in a boxset release of "The Beiderbecke Trilogy".

List of episodes

ee also

*The Beiderbecke Trilogy


* cite web
url =
title = Alan Plater (1935 - )
accessdate = 2008-03-04
last = Cooke
first = Lez
year = 2003-07
work = Screenonline

*cite book
last = Pixley
first = Andrew
title = The Beiderbecke Trilogy – Viewing Notes
year = 2006
publisher = Network DVD
location = London
id = 7952566

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