This series was set in the offices of a glossy women's magazine. It was one of several attempts by the BBC to invent a soap opera to rival Coronation Street. Until Eastenders, none really took off.

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Hazel Adair, Peter Ling
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Series cast summary:
Frances Bennett ...  Mary Augusta 'Gussie' Beatty / ... 272 episodes, 1962-1965
Robert Desmond Robert Desmond ...  Adrian Coombs 238 episodes, 1962-1965
Ronald Allen ...  Ian Harmon 223 episodes, 1962-1965
Louise Dunn Louise Dunn ...  Iris Alcott / ... 215 episodes, 1962-1965
Lawrence James Lawrence James ...  Doug Beatty / ... 205 episodes, 1962-1965
Carmen Silvera ...  Camilla Hope 190 episodes, 1963-1965
Basil Moss Basil Moss ...  Alan Drew 187 episodes, 1963-1965
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ...  David Rome 175 episodes, 1963-1965
Gareth Davies Gareth Davies ...  Mark Viccars 165 episodes, 1962-1963
Betty Cooper Betty Cooper ...  Alison Morley / ... 162 episodes, 1962-1964
Beryl Cooke Beryl Cooke ...  Mrs. Chater 162 episodes, 1963-1965
Johnnie Wade Johnnie Wade ...  Stan Millet 161 episodes, 1962-1965
Bill Kerr ...  Ben Bishop 156 episodes, 1963-1965
Robert Flemyng ...  Edmund Bruce 152 episodes, 1963-1964
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This series was set in the offices of a glossy women's magazine. It was one of several attempts by the BBC to invent a soap opera to rival Coronation Street. Until Eastenders, none really took off.

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English

Release Date:

2 January 1962 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(373 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Almost all episodes of this series no longer exist, with as few as four known to survive as of June 2009. See more »

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Life in the magazine business
7 January 2015 | by louiseculmerSee all my reviews

Compact was one of the first TV programmes that I can remember watching. A soap opera set in the offices of a women's glossy magazine, the opening credits showed a woman's face on the magazine cover. I can remember very little about the plot or characters, though a few of them have left a vague impression. One very dramatic plot line I can remember was the editor's wife being killed in a car crash while pregnant - they managed to save the baby though 'Ian's got a son' I can remember someone saying. An odd programme for a young child to enjoy, but I did. I would love to watch it again so I could find out whether I still thought it was good, but sadly it seems hardly any episodes survive. A great pity.


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