Play for Today: Season 6, Episode 12

Nuts in May (13 Jan. 1976)

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A middle-class couple go camping in Dorset, but peace and quiet elude them.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Sloman ...
Candice Marie
Anthony O'Donnell ...
Sheila Kelley ...
Stephen Bill ...
Richenda Carey ...
Miss Beale
Eric Allan ...
Matthew Guinness ...
Sally Watts ...
Farm Girl
Richard Ireson ...


Their Morris packed to the gills, the punctilious Keith and the more spontaneous Candice-Marie arrive at a Dorset campground where they pay £10 in advance for ten nights. It's peaceful: they visit Corfe Castle, eat vegetarian food, and go in search of raw milk. Then a fellow with a loud radio pitches his tent near theirs: Keith is beside himself and it doesn't help when Candice-Marie decides to befriend the young man. Things get worse when a couple arrive on a motorcycle, make noisy love in their tent, and then start an illegal campfire. It's too much for Keith: he loses it. Will our middle-class couple find a bucolic corner, or are they doomed to brawl with the noisy and unwashed? Written by <>

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The registration number of the Morris Minor has the letters "BY". Really used by the Croydon vehicle registration office in the days before regionalisation. See more »


Candice Marie: Keith?
Keith: Mmm.
Candice Marie: You know you always tell me to chew everything 72 times?
Keith: Mmm.
Candice Marie: Well I don't think that can be right, because, um for instance you're chewing nuts now, and they have to be chewed 72 times because they're very hard. But earlier on I was eating mushroom, and I only got to 31 and it slipped down my throat quite naturally. So it doesn't always have to be 72 times does it?
Keith: [long pause while chewing] I think the important thing is to uh, use your discretion.
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Referenced in Ruth & James: The Story of Series 2 (2008) See more »

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15 March 1999 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

I always wonder if Nuts In May was intended to be as hilarious as it turns out to be. Full of quotable lines, the trendy-liberal 70s Keith and Candice-Marie may be overwhelming stereotypes, but they work extremely well. It's a simple tale, subtle in places, but with a great deal of depth. There's a moral here - how ever much you try and escape from the society at large and try and "do your own thing", there's always some authority above you, or someone who comes along and spoils things. Keith may be obstinate and a know-it-all, yet he has a certain sensitivity to his character, he cracks under the pressure, and though he may be a liberal, he isn't exactly tolerant and seems power-crazy. Candice-Marie seems to have a heart of gold, but she's really looking for excitement in her humdrum life. Ray may seem lonely but he has his head screwed on the right way and just doesn't want to be hassled. As for Finger and Honky, they are obnoxious perhaps, uncouth maybe, but they provide comedy and just want to have fun. There's a depth of character in Nuts in May that is refreshing, but there's plenty of humour... watching Keith and Candice-Marie embarrass Ray into singing their appalling hippy zoo song is totally hilarious, and the subtle interplay between the couple is marvellous at times. Mike Leigh gives us characters that are human, with flaws and quirks - there's a great deal of honesty here. It stands up for repeated viewings both for its comedy and its subtlety, and its classic 'quotability'. A masterpiece, frankly.

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