Play for Today: Season 8, Episode 3

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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Alison Steadman was heavily pregnant with her and Mike Leigh's son while playing this role, but the flowing evening dress disguises the bump. See more »

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[talking about Demis Roussos]
Laurence: We don't want to listen to that fat Greek caterwauling all night.
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Featured in Timeshift: The Rules of Drinking (2012) See more »

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It's Not Unusual
Written by Gordon Mills and Les Reed
Performed by Tom Jones
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love it or hate it you'll never forget it
16 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

i was an avid watcher of 'play for today' because the next day at work everybody would talk about it.in the case of abigail's party people still talk about it now.

when the wonderful alison steadman created the social climbing hostess beverly,she created a monster.as she strutted her stuff we cringed.her awful taste in music,her walking all over her husband,her unsubtle attempts to seduce tony,her thanking sue for the bottle of red wine and putting it in the fridge.

when the play was re-screened two years later it captured an audience of 16 million.it has since become a favourite for brave amateur drama groups.my favourite story concerning this is the group that decided to stage the play and use real alcoholic drinks-they never made it to act 2.


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