This is not good.
I'm a left winger in my political views (or rather was) and believe that workers should get a fair deal but I've studied the 1970's for years and I've got to say that the way in which the unions behaved in the decade was disgusting and probably led to Thatcher. Yes, Graham is done for but the series needs to be finished...Of all the people to punch, at least it was someone who absolutely deserved it.
That said this probably has to be the end of Graham's stint, you can't go around punching people on set. Even if they deserve it.
Body double get suddenly shot and the Doctor regenerates in mid story ?Shaun Ley: "Chapman was fired by the BBC the day after for assault but that left the show in limbo. 80% of the series has been completed but the BBC now had to rejig the show to shoehorn a new regeneration sequence. There was no way Chapman could come back. How could the series be finished without the Doctor?"
There was a Live TV movie during the mid 50's on the BBC where a older actor died during the performance.They managed it for Time and the Rani (pauses for peals of sarcastic laughter...) and Aug Wiedersehen, Pet managed to get round a major cast member dying halfway through production of series 2.
That was the play I was thinking about.
"The New Avengers finished in 1980 and whilst it hadn't hit the heights it had reached in the 1960's it had proved a much needed slice of escapism from the misery of the late 1970's. The stand out star was not Pat Macnee but Tom Baker who's wild eyed turn as "Mother" made him an unlikely hero. His appearance in a deerstalker in the 1978 story "Death In The Shadows" was highly prescient as when Thames announced that they were to start producing Sherlock Holmes Baker was first choice to become the world famous detective which he played from 1982 to 1989 and won a slew of awards including the BAFTA award for best drama in 1985. Fans have argued ever since over which was the best portrayal of Holmes and Watson with Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce against Baker and Ian Richardson"
(The Story Of ITV, 2005)