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A Private Function (1984)

R | | Comedy | 1 March 1985 (USA)
In post-war Britain, food rationing continues, leading a married couple to become involved in the flourishing bacon black market.

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1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat. When princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress (or probably bribe) the local government by giving a big party. They want to slaughter an illegally raised pig for this event. Unfortunately someone steals the pig. Written by Anonymous

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Vicious, Delicious and Tasteless.

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Screenwriter Alan Bennett wrote the part of P.C. Penny for Reece Dinsdale. Thirty years later, Dinsdale went on to play Bennett in the play "Untold Stories."

[source: www.theguardian.com/stage/2015/sep/22/reece-dinsdale-interview-alan-bennett-richard-iii-west-yorkshire-playhouse ] See more »

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Dr. Charles Swaby: Now, under this National Health Service, any poorly little pillock can come into my surgery and say "I'm ill! Treat me!" Honestly, sometimes I wonder what the last war was FOR.
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Referenced in What the Pythons Did Next... (2007) See more »

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Rose of England
Music by Ivor Novello
Played on piano by Maggie Smith
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I miss the war....
4 July 2000 | by (London England) – See all my reviews

Life after WWII was bleak in England. Rationing was hitting hard, but spirits were lifted by the forthcoming royal marriage of Elizabeth and Philip. This slice of village life takes a poke at stiff England and the trials and tribulations of getting a slap up feast on the table for the local VIPs to celebrate the marriage. Michael Palin is the wimp, and marvellous Maggie Smith is the "trousers" in the relationship. Lots of lovely one-liners to treasure.


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