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Jake's Progress 

A couple attempts to deal with big changes in their lives, their son Jake's increasingly troublesome behavior, and a very worrying palm-reading.




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Series cast summary:
Robert Lindsay ...  Jamie Diadoni 8 episodes, 1995
Julie Walters ...  Julie Diadoni 8 episodes, 1995
Barclay Wright Barclay Wright ...  Jake Diadoni 8 episodes, 1995
Dorothy Tutin ...  Grace Halliwell 8 episodes, 1995
Amanda Mealing ...  Kate 7 episodes, 1995
David Robinson David Robinson ...  Baby Ben 6 episodes, 1995
Graham Robinson Graham Robinson ...  Baby Ben 6 episodes, 1995
David Ross David Ross ...  Eliot 6 episodes, 1995
Lindsay Duncan ...  Monica 5 episodes, 1995
Julie Livesay Julie Livesay ...  Beth (Auxiliary) / ... 5 episodes, 1995
David Ryall ...  Alex Halliwell 4 episodes, 1995


A couple attempts to deal with big changes in their lives, their son Jake's increasingly troublesome behavior, and a very worrying palm-reading.

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Don't get caught... growing up.









Release Date:

12 October 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alan Bleasdale's Jake's Progress See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK See more »

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Diplomat Films See more »
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The writer commented that the series was about "what adults can do to children and what children can do to adults". See more »


Kate Eliot: My personal effects will be forwarded.
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Alternate Versions

The DVD for "Jake's Progress" has been cut by the BBFC. One of the episodes shows a child wrapping a cord around their neck. The BBFC demanded 7 seconds of cuts to the scene but the distributor chose to make additional cuts making a total of 35 seconds to achieve a '15' certificate. The DVD version is packaged as eight episodes of 52 minutes, rather than six episodes which were longer and of unequal length, as in the original TV transmission. See more »


References The Homecoming (1973) See more »

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It gets better with each viewing!
11 April 2001 | by proseSee all my reviews

This mini series is currently being run for the 3rd time on Australian TV, and despite air-time being after midnight, I'm stilled glued to it, in awe of the writing and the performances.

Nothing works without excellent writing, and Alan Bleasdale delivered a ripper with `Jake's Progress'. Robert Lindsay as the irresponsible, forever adolescent Jamie, Julie Walters (always brilliant in my view) as the harrassed Julie, Dorothy Tutin as the frightened and bewildered Nanna, and of course, Barclay Wright as Jake, contribute so much to this magnificent and unique TV series. (My early 20's son couldn't watch it - `There's that scary kid again', was his comment whenever Barclay Wright came on the screen!)

See it, or you may never know how incredible a TV series can be!

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