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Six monologues tell the stories of six different repressed souls: a man dominated by his mother, a vicar's wife... See more »
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 (Series Cast [7])

Alan Bennett ... Graham Whittaker (1 episode, 1988)

Stephanie Cole ... Muriel (1 episode, 1988)
Thora Hird ... Doris (1 episode, 1988)

Patricia Routledge ... Miss Ruddock (1 episode, 1988)

Maggie Smith ... Susan (1 episode, 1988)

Julie Walters ... Lesley (1 episode, 1988)
Steven Beard ... Policeman (1 episode, 1988)

Series Directed by
Stuart Burge (6 episodes, 1988)
Giles Foster (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Writing credits
Alan Bennett (6 episodes, 1988)

Series Produced by
Innes Lloyd .... producer (6 episodes, 1988)

Ralph Wilton .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
George Fenton (3 episodes, 1988)
Series Film Editing by
Steve Eveleigh (1 episode, 1988)

Jake Bernard (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Tony Burrough (3 episodes, 1988)
Series Costume Design by
Hazel Pethig (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Makeup Department
Cecile Hay-Arthur .... makeup designer (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Production Management
Paul Judges .... production manager (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Georges Zeter .... assistant director (3 episodes, 1988)
Series Art Department
Mina Martinez .... graphic designer (3 episodes, 1988)
Series Sound Department
Richard Partridge .... sound (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Corby .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1988)
Clive Thomas .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1988)
Rodney Taylor .... camera supervisor (1 episode, 1988)
Series Editorial Department
Valerie Simmonds .... vision mixer (2 episodes, 1988)
Series Music Department
Gerry O'Riordan .... assistant music engineer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Chris Cherry .... production associate (2 episodes, 1988)
Thelma Helsby .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1988)
Michael Langley-Evans .... technical coordinator (2 episodes, 1988)
Paul Thackray .... technical coordinator (1 episode, 1988)

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Additional Details

Australia:G | UK:12 (DVD rating)

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful.
Wonderfully acted and written, 20 December 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

A series of 6 monologues, by Alan Bennett ranging from 25 to 40 minutes, made for the BBC. These wonderful character sketches are very simply done. The actors speak directly into the camera, in very basic sets that look designed more for stage, than film. No pretense of naturalistic reality here.

There are 5 pieces for women, all performed by some of the best actresses around; Maggie Smith, Thora Hird. Patricia Routledge, Julie Walters and Stephanie Cole. The lone piece for a male is performed by Bennett himself, who acquits himself quite admirably. I usually think of him as a writer first, actor second, but he does a terrific and touching job interpreting his work.

As in any collection of short pieces the quality of the tales is somewhat variable, but none are less than good, and a few are exquisite; heartbreaking, funny, capturing the poetry of modern life in the Bennett has proved himself so good at. It's especially wonderful to see Maggie Smith getting to play a character so subtle and understated. While she has always had tremendous range, in recent years much of what she has done has been on the broader side. So being reminded of just how powerfully quiet she can be is a treat.

A couple of the pieces hang on a last minute twist, but more of them are really about peeling away the layers of ordinary life to show the pain and confusion under the masks we all wear.

An excellent use of the intimacy of television, where lengthy close ups and simple visuals are more effective and less fatiguing than they can be in theatrical features.

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