A dysfunctional family gets together at the house of their cantankerous mother and old resentments, jealousies, and rivalries are reignited.

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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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In Annie's living room. Upstairs is her demanding, invalid, mother. Annie's chatty brother Reg and his anal-retentive wife Sarah arrive to give Annie the weekend off, little knowing that she's arranged an assignation in East Grinsted with Norman, the husband of Ruth, Reg and Annie's successful sister. Their plans go awry and Norman stays there for the weekend, trying for a grope here or there with Annie. Ruth also arrives unexpectedly, so Norman flirts with her as well, while Sarah tries vainly to keep things organized and the dim veterinarian neighbor Tom comes by the see Annie and chat. As people pass in and out of the sitting room, Norman even makes a pass at Sarah. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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21 June 1978 (USA)  »

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The original London theater cast included Tom Courtenay, Felicity Kendall, Michael Gambon, Bridget Turner, Mark Kingston, and Penelope Keith. See more »

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Sarah: You're very pensive, Norman.
Norman: [Depressed] I was just wondering which was the cleanest and quickest way to finish myself off.
Reg: Well, don't get married. That's long and messy.
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Followed by The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden (1977) See more »

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Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss
from the operetta "Paganini" (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Lehár (1925)
Sung by Tom Conti and heard on record in living room
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Comedy that satisfies
15 November 1998 | by (Bendigo, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Norman Conquest trilogy is a most satisfying set of tales, in which the events of one week-end are told three times, set in different rooms through the eyes of different characters, none of whom has the whole picture. The script (Ayckbourne) is witty, the ensemble of actors clicks, and the characters they play are well defined and interesting. Tom Conti, as the pivotal character, exuded the charm and charisma that were subsequently lost in Hollywood; Richard Briers and Penelope Keith were at the top of their "Good Life" form; and David Troughton was marvellously lovelorn as the vet. See the three episodes. You won't regret it.


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