The Norman Conquests: Season 1, Episode 3

Round and Round the Garden (28 Jun. 1978)

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Annie has second thoughts about spending the weekend with brother-in-law Norman as the dysfunctional family tries to come to terms with itself.

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In Annie's garden on a weekend she is supposed to go off for a secret tryst with her brother-in-law, Norman. Annie's gotten tired of waiting for dim veterinarian neighbor, Tom, to sweep her off her feet. Her brother Reg and wife Sarah arrive to care for Annie and Reg's mum, so Annie can leave. Norman shows up, hiding in the bushes, and before he can signal Annie, he's spotted and has to pretend he's come to visit. Tom pops round for food, and Norman's wife, the cool and tough Ruth, comes to visit mum. In the garden, Norman tries to spirit Annie away, Reg and Tom speculate on who Norman's got as his "bit on the side," and Ruth sunbathes. Will peace ever return to the garden? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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In the 2008 play revival of The Norman Conquests, Jessica Hynes plays Annie. Penelope Wilton, who was the original Annie, starred in Shaun of the Dead (2004) with Jessica Hynes. See more »

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The lighting director makes absolutely no effort to distinguish morning, afternoon or evening scenes. See more »

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Ruth: Sarah, dear, I've been married to Norman for five years. I've learned though bitter experience that the last thing to do with Norman is take him serious;y. That's exact;y what he wants.
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Follows The Norman Conquests: Table Manners (1977) See more »

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A rare gem
4 March 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

Now and then, a film comes along that you can watch over and over again for years to come. The "Norman Conquests" trilogy of plays is still as entertaining today as when I first saw it.

The events of the same weekend are told three times, each play is set in a different room of the same country house.

This one, "Round and Round the Garden", is the best(but all three are collectibles!).

The interaction between the characters represents a compelling script, and first-rate performances by all six cast members.

Whilst complications that develop between the characters are mainly due to Norman(Tom Conti), the scene between Ruth(Fiona Walker) and Tom(David Troughton)is truly a masterpiece...one of the funniest I've ever seen!!

Make a note to set the VCR when next this film appears...


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