More tough drama is promised in Storm Damage. Currently in production, this one-off film for BBC2 centres on the attempts by Danny, a young teacher, to help Stefan (Ashley Walters), a difficult pupil in whom he sees many similarities with himself. The BBC has pulled off quite a coup in securing Adrian Lester, fresh from starring opposite John Travolta and Emma Thompson in Primary Colors, for the role of Danny. Storm Damage is written by the actor Lennie James, who has a role in it and is also soon to be seen in Undercover Heart, (below) a new BBC1 serial with Daniela Nardini and Steven Mackintosh. "I wrote Storm Damage because I grew up in the middle of it, and no one was doing anything about what was happening," says James. "I thought the generation coming up behind me deserved better than to be ignored."
While other programmes are blown about by the winds of fashion, Come Dancing (below) blithely tangos on regardless. It is celebrating its 50th - yes, 50th - anniversary with a gala to be recorded at the Royal Albert Hall in London on Wednesday 7 October. Presenter Rosemarie Ford will be foxtrotting along with past hosts, including Terry Wogan, Angela Rippon and David Jacobs. Tickets - available from the Royal Albert Hall box- office on 0171-589 8212 - include the invitation to trip the light fantastic on the dancefloor for an hour before the show begins at 8.45pm. Surely an offer too good to refuse ...Reuse content