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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11 January 1977 (UK)  »

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When the police car rounds the corner and off the estate, director Mike Leigh had composer Carl Davis include a few notes from the theme tune to the television series Z Cars (1962). This is a playful reference to the film's producer David Rose who worked on both shows. 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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Unforgettable! Wish I could see it again.
10 January 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I saw this BBC Play for Today when it came out in 1977 and I have never ever forgotten it. I was a college at the time and the following day EVERYONE was talking about it and imitating one of the girl's need to ask her targeted bloke "Do you fancy me? Do you think I'm pretty?" (I don't know the character's name as it was SO long ago). JUST BRILLIANT!! It was a high point in TV at the time and I can count on one hand the number of films or comedy programmes which have made me laugh so much since - the rest were probably the other Mike Leigh plays (Nuts in May & Abigail's Party). The Kiss of Death is typically British in its style and humour focussing on the lives of some very ordinary Northern English youth working in an undertakers. I would give anything to be able to see it again but frustratingly I can't find it available in the UK, although Amazon in the US sells it on VHS, which seems crazy as it's such an archetypally British product! If anyone reading this knows where to get a PAL copy on VHS please let me know by email!

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