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Words of Love 

2 February 1959. The Winter Dance party, Clear Lake, Iowa - another date on Buddy Holly's whistle-stop tour. Across the Atlantic, a schoolboy models his life on the rock 'n' roll star whose... See full summary »

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Colin Nutley

Writer:

Philip Norman
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Episode credited cast:
Charlie Creed-Miles ... Ivor
Tom Bell ... Mr. Seaford-Warwick
Liz Smith ... Gran
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Valda Aviks Valda Aviks ... Marge
Paul Birchard Paul Birchard ... Tommy Allsup
William Brand ... Ritchie Valens (as William Jongeneel)
Alister Cameron Alister Cameron ... Mr. Chesterton
Ray Charleson Ray Charleson ... Carroll
Bruce Clark Bruce Clark ... Forer
Nadia DeLemeny Nadia DeLemeny ... Maria-Elena Holly (as Nadia De Lemeny)
Eric Gilchrist Eric Gilchrist ... Saxophonist
Adam Henderson ... Waylon Jennings
Cliff Kelly Cliff Kelly ... Truckle
Bradley Lavelle ... Big Bopper
Michael Morris Michael Morris ... Reporter
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2 February 1959. The Winter Dance party, Clear Lake, Iowa - another date on Buddy Holly's whistle-stop tour. Across the Atlantic, a schoolboy models his life on the rock 'n' roll star whose music and untimely death affected the lives of a generation. Written by GusF

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 January 1989 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Cromer, Norfolk, England, UK

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For Holly fans only?
18 September 2010 | by David T-WSee all my reviews

Watching this again last night (17 Sept 2010), probably more than 20 years after the first and only other time I watched it, was an interesting experience. It still has an emotional charge, and its poignancy is still very present. But I can't help but think that it may be of limited interest to anyone who is not a dyed-in-the-wool Buddy Holly fan.

Some of the acting is very good -- Charlie Creed-Miles puts in a beautiful early-career performance, for example. And the story is well told, cross-cutting between Holly's last day and the lives of a couple of English schoolboy fans of the bespectacled rocker.

On the downside, though, several of the actors' accents are pretty slippery, sounding more English than they ought to, I'm sure!

My rating, inevitably, reflects my interest in the subject matter. Impartial viewers may be less generous.


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