W. Somerset Maugham: Season 1, Episode 4

The Letter (24 Jun. 1969)

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A planter's wife shoots down a family friend, claiming that he tried to rape her. But someone very close to the dead man holds a letter, in the woman's handwriting, that casts a very different light on the fatal night's events.

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Ong Chi Seng (as Eric Young)
Gary Watson ...
Doreen Mantle ...
Graham Jones ...
A.D.O.
Eric Longworth ...
Smith
Howard Lang ...
Clark
Tu Kwee Tong ...
Servant #1
Kim Kee Lim ...
Servant #2 (as Kim K. Lim)
John A. Tinn ...
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Gowri Gunasekara ...
Ayah
Wellington Lee ...
Chinese Man
Mary Tenpow ...
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A planter's wife shoots down a family friend, claiming that he tried to rape her. But someone very close to the dead man holds a letter, in the woman's handwriting, that casts a very different light on the fatal night's events.

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The best of a very good series of Somerset Maugham adaptations
2 February 2009 | by (London) – See all my reviews

Easy to imagine that there was only ever the Bette Davies version of "The Letter" but back in the late 1960's the BBC made an excellent series of Maugham short-story adaptations. This one starring (later Dame) Eileen Atkins was award-winning. They were transferred to film for overseas sales but oddly were never, as far as I know, shown again in the UK. As they were shot in colour unlike an earlier ITV series which was in black and white, they could, as are other programmes of similar vintage, still be shown on the digital channels. I'm not aware that there have been subsequent television versions of these Maugham stories so why aren't they re-shown?


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