A grown-up brother and sister's visit to their parents home culminates in a shocking tragedy. The events of the weekend are told over four episodes, each focusing on the point of view of ... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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 Detective Sergeant Wilson
Gaynor Jones ...
 Terry as a child
Keith Kent ...
 Alan as a child
Terry Leigh ...
 Policeman
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 Mother as a young woman
Frederick Pyne ...
 Father as a young man
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 Father's Friend
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 Mrs. Hayter (as Mariann Turner)
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A grown-up brother and sister's visit to their parents home culminates in a shocking tragedy. The events of the weekend are told over four episodes, each focusing on the point of view of one family member: the daughter Terry; the father, Ted; the son, Alan and finally the mother, Sarah. The full story of the dysfunctional family plays out through the use of repeating scenes, flashback, and monologue. Written by L. Hamre

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14 February 1969 (USA)  »

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Consisted of four episodes, telling the same events from each major character's point of view:
  • Anytime You're Ready I'll Sparkle (Terry's story)
  • No Skill or Special Knowledge Is Required (Father's story)
  • Gladly, My Cross-Eyed Bear (Alan's story)
  • The Innocent Must Suffer (Mother's story)
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Terry Stevens - Daughter: You see, all stretched and the lines - well I know, laugh lines, but who needs them?
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Edited from Theatre 625 (1964) See more »

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Not as much a review as good news
12 March 2007 | by (Waynesboro, PA) – See all my reviews

I can add little to the previous reviews. "Talking to a Stranger" is definitely a classic--Judi Dench is superb, and so is the rest of the cast. The good news for everyone who has seen "Talking to a Stranger" is that it is included in the late-March DVD release of "The Judi Dench Collection." It is one of a number of her performances for the BBC that have been previously unavailable for audiences. Interested fans are advised to check out online DVD sources. A good one is deepdiscount.com, which sells DVDs, CDs, and books. The selection is good, the prices are about as low as you'll find anywhere, and shipping is FREE. About twice a year, DVDs are ALL on sale for 20% off--and the shipping, as always, is free.


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