02/10/2023

THE CHAIN – the cast

A television comedy-drama mini-series – by Bob Denton

THE CHAIN PARTICIPANTS:

NADIA AND RYAN

Mid-20s couple who have been renting a one-bedded flat in Redland, Bristol for two years:

Nadia Anand: indulged daughter of successful Indian parents, is rather quick to swear. Born in Bristol, a midwife at St Michael’s Hospital, she plays netball and viola for Bristol Symphony Orchestra.

Ryan Doyle: calm, diffident, well-spoken, was born in Surrey. Attended UWE where he met with Nadia. A wildlife researcher for the BBC Natural History Unit, he attends a gym, plays rugby, potholes…


KYLE AND ETHAN

30-somethings in a two-bedded mid-terrace property in Totterdown, Bristol for three years:

Kyle Baker: fussy, meddlesome, is from Weston-super-Mare. A successful freelance interior designer, fair-haired, he is ambitious to expand his work. He has a bichon frise called ‘Chico’.

Ethan White: has a penchant for sleeveless T-shirts to show off his ink. He is Australian, vain, larger than life, in UK for eight years. He is a gym manager and personal trainer, fair-haired, slowly spoken, he over-uses Aussie idioms.


LIZ AND TIM

Late 40s, lived in a four-bedded detached period home in Nailsea (Bristol dormitory) for thirteen years:

Liz Marshall: is a pessimistic, loyal, earth-mother. She misses her 20-year-old daughter Jessica (at Exeter Uni). She works locally as a clerk and volunteers at an animal sanctuary. She has a cockapoo, ‘Henry’.

Tim Marshall: Intolerant, bit of a bore, a warehouse manager at nearby Avonmouth. Keen on local history and rather over-uses figures of speech. Has Ganesh, a mynah bird.


SANDRA AND DONALD

60-somethings in a three-bed house in Westbury Park, Bristol for 20+ years, now downsizing:

Sandra Webb: erratic, clumsy, likes a drink, she is a retired lower-school teacher. She would like to move to Hampshire to be closer to her daughter but will not defy Donald, who wishes to stay living locally.

Donald Webb: over-confident pompous, ex-Royal Navy, former pharmaceutical rep, now retired and very committed to Bristol. He has been ill lately, which has triggered his desire to move.


MANDY AND CHRISTOPHE

Early-40s childless couple, lived in a Bristol Harbourside apartment for three years, now divorcing:

Mandy Leclerc: bitter, anxious and spiteful. From Bristol she met Christophe while she was working as a PA at Airbus. She plans to move in with her widowed mum in Hungerford.

Christophe Leclerc: an arrogant, serial adulterer, French from Toulouse. He works at Airbus and wants to hurry matters up so that he can move back to his home town.


MINOR PARTS:


Steve Watson of Prestige Homes, Nailsea: early 50s, he is predictable, pedestrian. He dresses in ‘county style’ – brown/green jacket with leathered elbows, cavalry twill trousers and brogues.

Jack Dawes of Luce Dawes Property Agents: mid-20s, theatrical, likeable, Afro-Caribbean, perhaps just a little too slick, sharply-dressed with jacket that’s too small for him, tight trousers revealing bare ankles.

Vincent Young: nice personality but young (19). Inexperienced (in life as well as estate agency), he wears a suit that looks as if it belongs to someone else, more suitable for a wedding or attending court.

Jessica Marshall: Marshall’s daughter, currently at Exeter University, dresses as a typical student.

Dominik and Helena Jankowski: young Polish couple who are interested in Kyle/Ethan’s house.

Mrs Wilson, views Liz/Tim’s house, but is not sincerely interested.

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