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 <leaver@netinfo.com.au>

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The original Broadway cast included Richard Benjamin, Paula Prentiss, Ken Howard, Carole Shelley, Estelle Parsons, and Barry Nelson. See more »

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Annie: Oh, nun's knickers!
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Follows The Norman Conquests: Living Together (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 off-stage by Tom Conti
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A comedy tour-de-force!
30 July 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

This teleplay trilogy (The Norman Conquests, 1978) is my all-time favorite British comedy. For the uninitiated, Alan Ayckbourne is the second most performed playwright in the history of England (to, um, what's his name? oh yeah, Shakespeare). This trilogy is his masterwork. Each play stands alone as a great comedy of approximately 90 minutes in length. However, Mr. Ayckbourne was showing off. You see, all three plays concern the same characters and transpire over the course of the same weekend. However, the audience sees the events from different perspectives (dining room, living room and garden). Quintessentially brilliant writing and performances.

I recently purchased the DVD box set (Region 2) from Amazon.uk. I doubt this will ever be released in America. I had no problem playing the discs on my region-free DVD player. By the way, I recommend watching them in the order presented the first time around for reasons which will become clear to you. Enjoy!


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