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
Sheila Kelley ...
Stephen Bill ...
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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the morris Minor in NUTS IN MAY belonged to us!
21 December 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The Morris Minor convertible used in the NUTS IN MAY Play for Today belonged to my family. My mother was shopping in Wareham Dorset, when members of the BBC had noticed the car parked in the town and waited for the owner to return, when my mother came back from shopping, they asked if they could use the car in a Play for Today. It belonged to my father, and it was agreed this was OK. The BBC kindly lent us a car during the filming. When we saw the play, we really enjoyed it, and could not believe just how much the car was filmed due to the main characters role, the car was almost as much of a celebrity as the leading stars! We recorded the play on video, and remember that this was such a well loved play that the viewers requested for it to be repeated, so with such an overwhelming amount of the public wanting to see it again it was repeated, and is still remembered as one of the best loved plays that ever was. perhaps the BBC would like to repeat it again?

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