The Norman Conquests: Season 1, Episode 1

Table Manners (14 Jun. 1978)

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A dysfunctional family gathering for the weekend reunites three siblings and significant others in a small country cottage with farcical consequences.



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Three plays by Alan Ayckbourn, interwoven in plot and time, giving different views of the same weekend. The action takes place in the family home, now occupied by Annie. Norman tries to bring a little happiness to his wife, Ruth, his sister-in-law, Annie, and their sister-in-law, Sarah. Written by David Leaver <>

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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 »


Ruth: [after long, rambling dialogue by Norman] Norman, just sit quietly and enjoy your lettuce.
Norman: I was making small talk.
Ruth: Yes, well, it's not quite small enough, dear.
Norman: I can't get it any smaller, or I'll swallow it.
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Followed by The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden (1977) See more »


Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss
from the operetta "Paganini" (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Lehár (1925)
Sung off-stage by Tom Conti
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A unique Trilogy
22 September 2004 | by (Knew Yawk) – See all my reviews

Three plays not yet available on DVD but you might find a VHS set. The plays ran on consecutive nights in London and on Broadway and could be seen in any order. The idea is a set of characters over a weekend in a country house with each play being the perspective of a single room. Each play broadens the perspective of the viewer who is the only participant who gets to see the whole story. The great cast is all your favorites from BritComs and dramas and they do a spectacular job with defined characters in a static setting. Each performance is a gem. Steer clear if you favor car crashes and slasher antics as this is typical British slice of life comedy. The two tying factors are the unseen Mom upstairs and lover of life Norman. One of my favorites. See it to find out if it is one of yours.

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