BBC2 Playhouse: Season 7, Episode 1

Caught on a Train (31 Oct. 1980)

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Peter boards a train to attend an important business meeting across Europe. His train trip is made more complicated by two women also assigned to his train compartment. One is an ... See full summary »

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Frau Messner
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Peter
Wendy Raebeck ...
Lorraine
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Preston
Ingo Mogendorf ...
Kellner
Louis Sheldon ...
Dietrich
Michael Kingsbury ...
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Baron Casanov ...
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Richard Merson ...
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Lex van Delden ...
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Peter boards a train to attend an important business meeting across Europe. His train trip is made more complicated by two women also assigned to his train compartment. One is an independent American whom Peter finds attractive. The other is Frau Messner - an extremely particular and demanding older European woman. Between the two of them, they try different aspects of Peter's patience... Written by Anonymous

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Good in parts
25 September 2007 | by See all my reviews

I'm of the same line of thinking as Ian Harris - basically this is good in parts with some very fine performances and some mesmerising exchanges, but the story as a whole left me somewhat cold.

Poliakoff I think is a rather acquired taste and it most definitely not a writer who you can come into cold. He seems to get rather stuck into the events but you end up finding that there is little or no story.

Generally speaking this train doesn't really go anywhere and is firmly stuck in the station - it's a rather dull experience in between the interesting exchanges between Ashcroft's and Kitchen's characters.

A pity as I had hoped that I would enjoy this.


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