BBC2 Play of the Week: Season 2, Episode 1

Langrishe Go Down (20 Sep. 1978)

TV Episode  | 
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.5/10 from 74 users   Metascore: 59/100
Reviews: 4 user | 4 critic | 8 from

In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck, a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making ... See full summary »


(as David Jones)


(novel), (screenplay)
0Check in

On Disc

at Amazon

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 476 titles
created 25 Oct 2011

Related Items

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Langrishe Go Down (20 Sep 1978)

Langrishe Go Down (20 Sep 1978) on IMDb 6.5/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of BBC2 Play of the Week.
« Previous Episode | 24 of 38 Episodes | Next Episode »




Episode complete credited cast:
Imogen Langrishe
Otto Beck
Helen Langrishe
Susan Williamson ...
Lily Langrishe
Margaret Whiting ...
Maureen Layde
Harold Pinter ...
Barry Shannon
John Molloy ...
1st man on bus
Niall O'Brien ...
2nd man on bus
Arthur O'Sullivan ...
Joseph Feeney
Michael O'Brian ...
Priest (as Michael O'Briain)
Liam O'Callaghan ...
Mr. Langrishe
Joan O'Hara ...
Mrs. Langrishe


In the late 1930s, three reclusive middle-aged spinster sisters live on their run down family estate in Ireland. Otto Beck, a perpetual graduate student from Bavaria with a habit of making pompous declamations, rents the back lodge to work on his esoteric thesis. Imogen Langrishe, the least repressed of the sisters, begins an affair with Otto. Imogen takes the love affair seriously, but Otto just enjoys the cheap lodging and the comfort of Imogen. Written by Will Gilbert

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

based on novel | See All (1) »





| |

Release Date:

20 September 1978 (UK)  »

Filming Locations:

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Imogen Langrishe: What star is that?
Otto Beck: Venus.
Imogen Langrishe: I thought it was Hesper.
Otto Beck: Hesper? No, no, unmistakably Venus. The brightest of the planets - -a planet in fact, not a star.
Imogen Langrishe: I thought they were the same.
Otto Beck: The same - -the same as what?
Imogen Langrishe: The same as each other, planets and stars.
Otto Beck: Decidedly not. Planets are closer than stars, for one thing, and nine of them revolve around the sun against a background of constant stars that do not move. How does one know it's Venus, you ask? Well, because it's the brightest of planets and ...
See more »


Featured in Judi Dench talks to Richard Eyre (2002) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Good acting is not enough.
8 August 2005 | by (pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

Yes, the acting was fine with every cast member turning in an honest and convincing performance. And there was plenty of atmosphere--the genteel poverty of the sisters, the rustic cottage of the scholar, the Dublin scene. But even Judy Dench and Jeremy Irons couldn't make it matter. The screenplay was so understated as to be incomprehensible. I never did figure out the business with the letters or the problem with the older sister.

Dame Judy was quite a sexy number back in the day,and the young Jeremy was--as ever--terrifically appealing and gifted (although his nose looked a lot different than it did a few years later in Brideshead Revisited!). But as hard as they work to draw us in, we keep thinking, "Why?" Why are these characters doing what they're doing, and, most of all, why are we spending two hours of our lives watching a drama that is giving us back absolutely nothing?"

4 of 12 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
DVD due in Canada April 14, 2009 modsquad
If you have Zip.Ca or NetFlix... prettyh
Discuss Langrishe Go Down (1978) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: