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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)

Production Companies

Additional Details

Australia:G | UK:12 (DVD rating)

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Followed by "Talking Heads 2" (1998)See more »


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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful.
Groundbreaking. Breathtaking., 18 February 2004
Author: chuffnobbler from United Kingdom

The original Talking Heads had such an incredible impact on everything that followed, that it is almost impossible to know where to begin. I can remember watching this, on its first showing: I was at school, and everyone talked about it the next day. This is not the kind of thing you would normally expect teenagers to discuss, but there is no getting away from the intelligence, originality and sheer power of these six plays.

The monologue format allows Alan Bennett's genius for capturing natural speech and realistic characters to shine. His own performance, as Graham in "A Chip in the Sugar" is a treat, as Graham obviously has no idea of his own snobbery. Patricia Routledge's upright and constantly indignant Miss Ruddock, in "A Lady of Letters", has no concept of her own isolation, and the effect gradual effect it has on her.

The subtlety and care in the script, and the gloriously tender and believable performances tug the heart-strings. Each of these six characters are so utterly real that they could be living next door: indeed, one of the recurring themes is that people do not know their neighbours anymore, and so much suffering could be alleviated if we were more community spirited.

Thora Hird is the one everyone remembers: Doris, in "A Cream Cracker Under The Settee", has suffered a fall, and gradually realises that no-one will come to her aid. Her reminiscences about happier days, when the neighbours greeted each other and there was no need to lock the door, will bring a lump to the most cynical of throats. The superb turn of phrase moves from laugh-out-loud to tear-in-the-eye and back again: the writer and his actors have us in the palm of their hands. Add to this, Stephanie Cole finding her husband's death having far reaching effects on her family, but still keeping a brave face and "Soldiering On" ("bloody psychiatrist!"); Julie Walters as a bit-part glamour girl, offered the break she's always wanted in "Her Big Chance"; and Maggie Smith, suffering in silence and finding extra-curricular activities to fill her time, as a vicar's wife whose congregation can't stand her.

One of the most influential, pivotal, groundbreaking TV series of all time, and not one to be missed. You'll be quoting the highlights for weeks afterwards. Well, fancy! There's a cream cracker under the settee! Can't remember the last time I had cream crackers! That Zulema...

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