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Who's Who

Cast Members

John Alkin
Frank Skinner
Spencer Banks

Simon Randall
John Barcroft
Doctor Bukov
John Barron
Morgan C. Devereaux
Peggy Thorpe Bates
Doctor Edith Joynton
Derek Benfield

Frank Skinner
Cheryl Burfield

Liz Skinner
Sandor Eles
Ian Fairbairn
Alpha 4 / Dr. Frazer
David Graham
Controller 2957
Merdel Jordine
Mary Larkin
Robert Oates
Mary Preston
Denis Quilley
Iris Russell
Jean Skinner
Teri Scoble
Miss Stebbins / Alpha 16
John Swindells
Derek Sydney
Royston Tickner
George Bradley


Ruth Boswell
Creator / script editor
John Cooper
Producer / Director
Peter Fairley
Edouard Michael
Theme music composer
Victor Pemberton
Bruce Stewart


Spencer Banks (Simon Randall)


Simon Randall is a fifteen year old bookish young boy who recently lost his mother. At the time of the first adventure, he is holidaying with his father's best friend's family in St. Oswald. He has a keen, analytical mind yet is compassionate and grows to care deeply about Liz as their adventures draw them closer together.

  Spencer Banks was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire. He was still attending school when he heard that he'd been cast as Simon in "Timeslip".

His only major role previous to this was in the BBC2 classic serial "Germinal". Shortly after "Timeslip", Spencer found himself back at ATV working with essentially the same production team on the children's adventure series "Tightrope" playing opposite John Savident (now better know as Fred Elliot on "Coronation Street") As well as his roles in children's serials, Spencer also starred in the seventies Disney movie "Diamonds on Wheels" and went on to make huge critical impact in the acclaimed David Rudkin "Play for Today", "Penda's Fen".

For a time he was a member of the BBC Radio Drama Company and most recently appeared on television in an episode of the BBC's daytime drama "Doctors".

Film work includes:

Diamonds on Wheels (1973) as Charlie
Death on the Nile (1978) as Stephen
A Christmas Carol (1984) as Dick Wilkins

TV work includes:

Germinal as Jeanlin (196?)
Timeslip (serial) as Simon Randall (1970)
Tightrope (serial) as Martin Clifford (1972)
Softly Softly Task Force (2 episodes)
Lord Peter Wimsey - Murder Must Advertise as Ginger Joe (1973)
Play For Today - Penda's Fen as Stephen Franklin (1974) BBC
Village Hall (1975)
Churchill's People - The Derry Boys as Sam (1975)
Pennies from Heaven as Maurice (1978)
The Georgian House (serial) as Dan (1976)
Wilde Alliance (1978)
A Man Called Intrepid (1979) as Cpl Kaufman
A Star For My Son as Johan (1979)
Minder - The Bengal Tiger as Keith (1980)
Doctors - Who's Going To Know? as Mr. Simpkins (2002)

Also appeared in:

No Job For a Lady as Terry
Armchair Theatre - The Brylcream Boys as Danford
A Better Class of Person as Raymond
Play of the Month - Marya as Sgt Johnson
Marks as Rob
The Witch's Daughter as Tim
Alexander the Greatest (series) as Four Eyes
Strange But True
The Dick Emery Show
Backs to the Land
Crown Court
Shine On Harvey Moon

Radio work includes:

Member of BBC Radio Drama Company from March 1981 until September 1982
The Keys of the Kingdom as Malcolm Glennie
The Cruel Sea as Lt. Allingham

Bonus Photo

Spencer (Look-in - issue 1.17 - page 5).

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