Jan Harvey

  1. Joanna Lumley, The New Avengers, TV, 1976-1977. “I really had to fight just to get an audition,” said Lumley. “They just refused to see me!” Wanting more of spy-fi hero John Steed, France and later Canada put £4m into a (short-lived) three-hander reboot of the TV classic. Patrick Macnee’s creaking Steed was now assisted by a younger guy and girl named (by Lumley) after the Purdey shotgun. Writer-producer Brian Clemens claimed he “seriously considered 700 girls, interviewed 200, read scripts with 40 and screen tested 15” – including Jan, Sarah Douglas, Gabrielle Drake, Jan Francis, Prunella Gee, Lisa Harrow, Louise Jameson, Barbara Kellerman, Diane Quick.
  2. Sally Knyvette, Blake’s 7, TV, 1978-1981. The Cornwallian was in the mix for smuggler Jenna Stannis in what Terry Nation (also the creator of Doctor Who’s Daleks) pitched as The Dirty Dozen In Space So were Jane Asher, Jan Chappell (who became the telepathic Cally), Felicity Dean, Candice Glendenning, ,Julia Vidler and Susan Woolridge.
  3. Chappell, Blake’s 7, TV, 1978-1981. Harvey was also up for the telepathic Cally in “the third century of the second calendar,” And Jan H lost to… Jan C.

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