Gary Wilson loses his factory job, retrains as a butler and under the patronage of a wealthy young woman finds success in the City.

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Gary
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Elizabeth
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Mr. Wilson
Jane Downs ...
Mrs. Wilson
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Mr. James
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Dave
Ralph Watson ...
Bernard
Robert Addie ...
Guy
Nicholas Fry ...
Michael
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Mrs. Grimshaw
Derek Newark ...
Mr. Vernon
Wendy Seely ...
Mrs. Vernon
Ann Aris ...
June
Lottie Ward ...
Madge
Guy Manning ...
Lance
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Gary Wilson loses his factory job, retrains as a butler and under the patronage of a wealthy young woman finds success in the City.

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28 September 1988 (UK)  »

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Don't Leave Me This Way
(uncredited)
Written by Kenny Gamble, Leon Huff and Cary Gilbert
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Starlings, BBC2 Play
22 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

An inspiration on how a person from ordinary roots with native intelligence,can overcome education and background obstacles to rise to any height. Also a perfect summation of the false and the superficial in the eighties Thatcher era, when 'Service' was the new economy instead of manufacturing. Irony when the hero, who exploits the idiocies of class and snobbery to rise above them, is showing a coach full of Japanese around...but that spoils the story.

There are multiple sub-plots to savour, a bitter friend who fails where Gary succeeds and turns up later to poke barbs at his venality in swimming in that sea. The decadence of the girlfriend from the upper classes who uses him, then is used in turn.

I would dearly like to get hold of the original or a decent resolution file of this play, to treasure and whenever feeling fed up, play again.


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