Channing (1963–1964)

A Bang and a Whimper 

Inspired by the recent death of that gifted writer (and incurable wonanizer and chronic drunk), Brendan Behan, A Bang and a Whimper tells the tale of a visitor to the Channing campus, poet ... See full synopsis »


Allen H. Miner


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Henry Jones ... Dean Fred Baker
Jason Evers ... Professor Joseph Howe
Robert Stephens ... Paddy Riordan
Susan Kohner ... Rena Covic
Jonathan Bolt Jonathan Bolt ... Bert
Alex Gerry ... Covic
Robert Cornthwaite ... Eric Northway
Dennis McCarthy Dennis McCarthy ... Prof. Whitlock
Nicky Blair ... Bartender
Meg Wyllie ... Dr. Helen Rodriguez
Richard Reeves ... Mechanic
Ray Baumann Ray Baumann ... Student Waiter
Vince Townsend Jr. Vince Townsend Jr. ... Edward (as Vince M. Townsend)
Tom Signorelli ... Jimmy
James V. Christy James V. Christy ... Charlie


Inspired by the recent death of that gifted writer (and incurable wonanizer and chronic drunk), Brendan Behan, A Bang and a Whimper tells the tale of a visitor to the Channing campus, poet laureate, drunk,and skirt chaser Paddy Riordan, played by Robert ( The Private Life of Sherlock Holmes) Stephens. a naive and impressionable young female student, played by Susan, ( Imitaion of Life,) Kohner, has to escort hima round campus. She finds herself falling in love, but Riordan is more interested in a short-term affair. This is another show that deserves to be realesed on DVD. Sadly, it apparently has an an even smaller following than Slattery's People.

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Robert Stephens as Brendan Behan-and himself.
2 August 2012 | by coop-16See all my reviews

Channing was apparently a fascinating, if erratic, Television series, and one of two serious TV dramas with a college setting. ( The other was The Paper Chase.) Channing was one of the first TV shows for such performers as Suzanne Pleshette, Tim Conway, James Caan, Peter Fonda, Bob Crane, Michael Parks,Keir Dullea, Joey Heatherton, and Dawn Wells, all of whom played students at fictional Channing College. Jason Evers, the guy with the fascinating eyes, played Joseph Howe, Korean War Vet, English professor, and would-be Great American Novelist. Henry Jones, the guy with he unforgettable voice, played his mentor, the college dean. In this episode, the great Robert Stephens played an old buddy of Howe, Irish celebrity poet Paddy Riordan, brilliant writer and self-destructive alcoholic and womanizer, ( Sounds like Brendan Behan- and Stephens himself)who visits Channing to lecture and read some poems. While visiting, he attracts a "groupie" ( Yes, Poets used to have groupie like Rock Stars today.), a star-struck young student played by Susan ( Imitation of Life), Kohner. Jones and Howe do their best to keep the young woman fe away from the doomed poet, but in the end, it is Stephens himself who must break the young idolater's balloon, and, in the process, discover the sad truth about himself. Why, or why isn't there a TV equivalent of TCM, to show gems like this?

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25 March 1964 (USA) See more »

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