BBC Play of the Month: Season 12, Episode 7

Heartbreak House (19 May 1977)

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On the eve of World War I, Ellie Dunn, her father, and her fiancé are invited to one of Hesione Hushabye's infamous dinner parties. Unfortunately, her fiancé is a scoundrel, her father's a ... See full summary »

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On the eve of World War I, Ellie Dunn, her father, and her fiancé are invited to one of Hesione Hushabye's infamous dinner parties. Unfortunately, her fiancé is a scoundrel, her father's a bumbling prig, and she's actually in love with Hector, Hesione's husband. This bold mix of farce and tragedy lampoons British society as it blithely sinks towards disaster. Written by Anonymous

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One of Shaw's worst and badly done to boot!
6 May 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a 1977 BBC version of an awfully dated and rather boorish piece. The production is shoddy at times, with actors fluffing lines and the boom shadow clearly visible etc.

It actually has a rather fine cast, but even the likes of Gielgud, Daniel Massey and Sian Phillips look all at sea with the self-indulgent waffle they have to deliver here.

There are some good lines, where the famed Shavian wit survives, but overall, I found the entire enterprise a tedious bore.

For good examples of Shaw's work I heartily recommend the film versions of Major Barbara and Pygmalion. Both feature Wendy Hiller - the best exponent of Shaw.


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