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Abigail's Party (1 Nov. 1977)

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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 »

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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

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When Beverly puts on a record of "Love to Love You, Baby", it is not Donna Summer singing. Her version of the song had been banned by the BBC because it featured "orgasmic moans". Instead the play used a cover version by Clare Torry. See more »

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Beverly: Just because a picture happens to be erotic, does not make it pornographic.
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Featured in The 100 Greatest TV Moments (1999) See more »

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Forever and Ever
Lyrics by Demis Roussos
Sung by Demis Roussos
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Absolutely wonderful, but it made me cringe
8 November 2010 | by (Hove, England) – See all my reviews

My parents had told me about this many times in the past, but last night when it was back on television was the first time I had ever seen it.

How fantastic! Classic Mike Leigh - incredibly funny, but at the same time really dark. A very British comedy - the idea that as the plot progresses, the knives are out and everyone's character is slowly assassinated. It's what we Brits do so well (if it's actually something of which to be proud!) - comedy that rejoices not just in others' misfortune, but ultimately in their total psychological destruction.

And what relentlessly horrible characters! There were times when it made me cringe so much, I had to leave the room.


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