Play for Today: Season 8, Episode 3

Abigail's Party (1 Nov. 1977)

TV Episode  -   -  Drama
7.9
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 7.9/10 from 1,030 users  
Reviews: 22 user | 8 critic

A TV play based on the Hampstead Theatre production. Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's ... See full summary »

Director:

Writer:

(devised by)
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 26 titles
created 12 Feb 2012
 
a list of 22 titles
created 28 May 2012
 
a list of 58 titles
created 3 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 2 months ago
 
a list of 26 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Abigail's Party (01 Nov 1977)

Abigail's Party (01 Nov 1977) on IMDb 7.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Play for Today.
« Previous Episode | 160 of 311 Episodes | Next Episode »

Photos

Edit

Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
...
Beverly
Tim Stern ...
Laurence
Janine Duvitski ...
Angela
John Salthouse ...
Tony
Harriet Reynolds ...
Susan
Edit

Storyline

A TV play based on the Hampstead Theatre production. Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a party in their house. Beverly's husband, Lawrence comes home late from work, just before the guests arrive. The gathering starts off in a stiff insensitive British middle class way with people who do not know each other, until Beverly and Lawrence start sniping at each other. Written by Will Gilbert

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

1 November 1977 (UK)  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The cramp Angela is crippled by at the end of the play was originally genuine. During rehearsals for the stage play Janine Duvitski was suddenly struck down with cramp and doubled over, Mike Leigh ruthlessly cried "Keep Acting" and the whole thing ended up remaining in the stage and TV play. See more »

Quotes

Beverly: You're a boring little bugger, Laurence.
See more »

Connections

Featured in All About 'Abigail's Party' (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Forever and Ever
Lyrics by Demis Roussos
Sung by Demis Roussos
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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

Wow. Abigail's Party - and I am the first person to comment on it? This is certainly an interesting film. In parts it's riotously funny... I mean laugh-out-loud funny... the characters are all obnoxious (except perhaps Sue) with traits that'll make you thank the Lord that they are not your neighbours or friends. The tension just rises and rises through the film... you know it's building up to something big... by the end though it's damn depressing. You hate these characters, you want to shout at them! But the acting is brilliant. Alison Steadman's Beverly full of clichés and tartiness, with a voice that gives you the creeps. Tim Stern (Laurence), the hen-pecked husband, an uptight little weasel and an intellectual snob. Angela (Jane Duvitski), weak and ineffectual, annoying as hell, easily-led, yet comes through the whole thing with more strength than the others. John Salthouse as Tony is a magnificent character, you can feel his anger brewing underneath this quiet exterior. And then there's Susan, played by Harriet Reynolds, whose unseen daughter Abigail is the one having the party. Sue's the one who gets thrown in with all these misfits... poor thing. The setting is claustrophobic, the humour is full on, sometimes though it just gets a little too nasty for words, and leaves a rather bittersweet taste. Funny it may be but it's a bloody painful ride, and though it's looking seriously dated, it's still a fascinating piece of work.


17 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Where to find copies of Play for today films eatfoeslikepacman
Brian Glover - Play for Today leighton_haywood
Alma Mater marty-124
Abigail's Party documentary BBC4 tonyhu
Help with the title of the one with the schoolboys please!! pinkywafer
Leeds United (1974) jakemoore2492
Discuss Abigail's Party (1977) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?