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22 June 1968 (UK) See more »
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 (Series Cast [18])

Alastair Sim ... Amos Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
Fay Compton ... Aunt Ada Doom (Starkadder) (3 episodes, 1968)
Sarah Badel ... Flora Poste (3 episodes, 1968)
Rosalie Crutchley ... Judith Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)

Brian Blessed ... Reuben Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)

Peter Egan ... Seth Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
Billy Russell ... Adam Lambsbreath (3 episodes, 1968)
Hazel Coppen ... Mrs. Agony Beetle (3 episodes, 1968)
Sharon Gurney ... Elfine Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
Sheila Grant ... Rennett Starkadder (3 episodes, 1968)
John Golightly ... Charles Fairford (3 episodes, 1968)
Charlotte Howard ... Meriam (3 episodes, 1968)
Joan Bakewell ... Narrator (3 episodes, 1968)

Freddie Jones ... Urk / ... (2 episodes, 1968)

Aubrey Morris ... Mr. Mybug (2 episodes, 1968)

Timothy Carlton ... Richard Hawk-Monitor (2 episodes, 1968)
John Baker ... Ezra (2 episodes, 1968)
Jonathan Bilson ... Harkaway (2 episodes, 1968)

Series Directed by
Peter Hammond (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Writing credits
Stella Gibbons (3 episodes, 1968)
David Turner (3 episodes, 1968)

Series Produced by
David Conroy .... producer (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Cinematography by
Peter Hall (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Film Editing by
Bill Huthert (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Production Design by
Raymond Cusick (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Costume Design by
June Wilson (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Makeup Department
Cherry Alston .... makeup designer (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Sound Department
John Staple .... sound (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Eric Monk .... lighting technician (3 episodes, 1968)
Series Other crew
Lennox Phillips .... script editor (3 episodes, 1968)

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150 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Version of Cold Comfort Farm (1995) (TV)See more »


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8 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Worth watching this alternative version., 23 December 2006
Author: ant501 from London, England

Nothing, but nothing, can beat the original novel by Stella Gibbons. Ostensibly a parody of earthy novels such as "Precious Bane" and the stuff by D.H. Lawrence, it is in fact a brilliant satire about the human race and what makes us tick, or not tick at all.

The closest any dramatisation has come to capturing her philosophy was probably the BBC Radio 4 version. Sometimes radio has better pictures, because you create the visuals yourself.

This early TV version suffered visually from being studio-bound, presumably because that is how things were done in those days. It also suffered, visually at least, from being directed by Peter Hammond, who loved 'frames within frames' and getting sexual symbolism into every shot; perhaps fashionable at the time but now seen as cliché ridden and hackneyed. However, it has a good cast and although it is really creaky by today's standards it is worth seeing if only as an alternative to the later and in my opinion less interesting John Schlesinger version, which had a huge budget and played the script for its laughs, avoiding the point of the novel.

So what IS the point of the novel? Well, read it and see. We all know a Judith; we all know an Aunt Ada; we all know people who blame their current condition on something in their past, either real or imaginary; we all know many of the human traits and foibles satirised in the novel. What Stella Gibbons did, deliciously, was not just to parody the style of novels by D.H. Lawrence and Mary Webb ("fecund rain spears" and "bursting sheaths") but also to extol the benefits of leading a tidy life full of beauty and harmony. She encapsulates the characteristics of the entire human race into one farmhouse full of superficially dysfunctional people. Read the novel, but, above all: read between the lines.

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