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"BBC Play of the Month" The Apple Cart (1975)

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Original Air Date:
19 January 1975 (Season 10, Episode 5)
King Magnus's position as monarch is in danger - can he "upset the apple cart" and preserve his throne? | Add synopsis »
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A King must decide whether to sign papers ceding his power for a strict Constitutional Democracy. See more (1 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Cedric Messina 
Writing credits
George Bernard Shaw (play) (as Bernard Shaw)

Produced by
Alan Shallcross .... producer
Production Design by
Tony Abbott 
Costume Design by
Odette Barrow 
Makeup Department
Sylvia James .... makeup artist
Art Department
Bob Blagden .... graphics
Fen Jackson .... graphics
Sound Department
Colin Dixon .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Sam Barclay .... lighting
Other crew
Terence Banks .... production assistant
Crew believed to be complete

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115 min
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3 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
A King must decide whether to sign papers ceding his power for a strict Constitutional Democracy., 12 May 2007
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This G. B. Shaw play comes as an extra on the Maggie Smith MILLIONAIRESS DVD (putting the horse before the CART?), reversing received critical opinion on these late works. The reasoning soon becomes clear as this is an also-ran production that only fitfully brings out the issues & compromises variously embedded in governance, monarchy & democracy that Shaw touches on. Nigel Davenport is fine as the King who must sign off on making himself an irrelevant figurehead in a constitutional monarchy, and it's a kick to see young Helen Mirren as his mistress, yet they are both acted off the screen when Prunella Scales makes her belated appearance as the Queen in the final act. Her magnetism unbalances both the structure & the argument. The play has been faintly modernized (helicopters, minimalist interior design) which makes it all seem less rather than more topical, while the direction feels catch-as-catch-can, but Shaw's imagination in the last act is just too strong to resist with both America & the King turning tables and confounding all expectations.

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