Show Tidbits
Jimmy Nail had to persuade the BBC to let him cast Tony McAnaney to play Keith Moreland.
The BBC comissioned the second series of Spender after the first episode The Homecoming was screened.
Spender was the fourth choice for Jimmy Nail as he had already written a script for a show called Crocodile Shoes, also a show about trains and a show called Welcome To The Working Week. Nothing ever came of these at the time, but Crocodile Shoes eventually hit the screens 5 years later, so the comissioner told Jimmy that the BBC wanted a show about a cop. So Jimmy approached Ian La Frenais to help him with his ideas and eventually coming up with Spender and Jimmy went over to Ian's Los Angeles house to write a series of scripts with Ian's help.
Jimmy Nail's sister Val McLane penned an episode in series three.
Denise Welch, who played Frances, bemoaned the fact to Jimmy Nail that her character always seemed to be in the kitchen making tea!
The main characters weren't actually cast by Jimmy Nail but by Mary McMurray.
Jimmy Nail cancelled Spender because he was bored.
Spender was the first TV series to be shot entirely on location in Newcastle and the North East.
Members of Jimmy Nail's family do appear as guest stars, his son, Thomas Bradford Jones appeared in Tough as Tommy Balmer, his sister, Val McLane appeared in The Golden Striker and wrote Kid and his niece, Sarah McLane appeared in Retreat.
Jimmy Nail wrote his scripts for series 1 and 2 in Los Angeles with writer, Ian La Frenais' supervision.
Jimmy Nail wrote The French Collection in Toulon, France.
The memorable whistling theme tune is created by Tony McAnaney.
Many actors who starred and guest-starred in Spender went on to appear on Jimmy Nail's next project, Crocodile Shoes. They are; Jimmy Nail (Spender) plays Jed Shepperd, Sammy Johnson (Stick) plays Archie Pate, Berwick Kaler (Dan Boyd) plays George, Robert Morgan (Andrew Hedley) plays Warren Bolwes, Norah Fulton (Old Lady/Peggy) plays George's Wife, B.J. Hogg (Iain Rutherford) plays Sid Flynn, Mike Elliot (Palmer) plays Bobby, Thomas O. Jones (Tommy Balmer) plays Dermot Hall, Brendan P. Healy (Eric) plays Big Peter, Trevor Fox (Plain Clothes/Car Hire Attendant) plays Tony, Christopher Fairbank (Tom Phelan) plays Alan Clarke, Melanie Hill (Sue Styles) plays Emma Shepperd, John Bowler (Vourne) plays Pep, Jeffrey Knox (Rowley) plays Omo and Paul Palance (Bryson) plays Big Chrissy.
David Whittaker was also considered for the role of Stick, but Sammy Johnson was cast instead.
On Jimmy Nail's wishes his character, Spender, was made into a 'moody bastard' as he stated in his 2005 autobiography, A Northern Soul.

Classification: Scripted
Genre: Action | Drama
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: BBC one ( United Kingdom)
Airs: Tuesdays at 09:25 pm
Runtime: 50 Minutes
Premiere: January 08, 1991
Ended: December 29, 1993
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