Play for Today: Season 7, Episode 9

The Kiss of Death (11 Jan. 1977)

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Trevor is an extremely shy undertaker's assistant. He always tags along with his good friend Ronnie, when he goes to the pub with his girlfriend Sandra. Sandra introduces Trevor to her more... See full summary »



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Episode complete credited cast:
John Wheatley ...
Kay Adshead ...
Angela Curran ...
Clifford Kershaw ...
Mr. Garside
Trevor's mum
Phillip Ryland ...
Frank McDermott ...
Mr. Bodger
Mrs. Bodger
Karen Petrie ...
Brian Pollitt ...
Eileen Denison ...
Mrs. Ball
Marlene Sidaway ...
Elizabeth Hauck ...
Shoe shop customer
Elizabeth Ann Ogden ...


Trevor is an extremely shy undertaker's assistant. He always tags along with his good friend Ronnie, when he goes to the pub with his girlfriend Sandra. Sandra introduces Trevor to her more forward friend Linda. Linda has a difficult time getting Trevor to go out with her, but she finally gets him to go to a disco; he won't dance, so Linda dances with Ronnie. Written by Will Gilbert

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The off-screen role of Sandra's mother was voiced by Alison Steadman. See more »


The corpse that Trevor and the mortician are preparing is breathing. See more »


References Hello, Dolly! (1969) See more »

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working class England under the microscope
30 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The film Mike Leigh at one time called his most radical is another of the director's patented slice-of-life portraits: not quite comedy, not quite drama, and almost documentary-like in its detached presentation of lower middle-class English habits and behavior. Perhaps what makes it radical is the general absence of adult characters: Leigh's young protagonist, Trevor, is a gangly, maladjusted teenager working as a mortuary assistant, dressing corpses and driving the hearse. His social phobias render him all but catatonic in mixed company, even more so after his awkward introduction to Linda, a gum chewing shoe store clerk who can't seem to draw Trevor out of his shell (and therefore loses interest in him). Nothing much happens, which is usually the whole point of a Mike Leigh feature. The film is drab, gray, hopelessly British, and would almost be amusing if it weren't so closely (and accurately) observed.

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