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First and Last (1989)

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A retired man decides to fulfill his life-time ambition and walk the length of Britain from Land's End to John O'Groats. The film centres around the "discovery" of himself, the relationship... See full summary »

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Alan Holly
Pat Heywood ...
Audrey Holly
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Ivy
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Laurence
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Lisa
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Stephen
Louise Smith ...
Child
Thomas Horton ...
Child
Katie Combs ...
Child
Sophie Thursfield ...
Shana
Laura Davenport ...
Sandra
Thomas Wheatley ...
Sandra's Stephen
Tom Hunt ...
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Andrew Bevan ...
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Amanda Lines ...
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A retired man decides to fulfill his life-time ambition and walk the length of Britain from Land's End to John O'Groats. The film centres around the "discovery" of himself, the relationship with his wife (who is unsure of his reasons) and the colourful, and not so colourful, people he meets on his travels. Written by David Laoide-Kemp

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12 September 1992 (Japan)  »

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Primeiro e Último  »

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The play had originally been filmed with actor Ray McAnally playing the lead part of Alan Holly. He died just before completion so the BBC started from scratch with Joss Ackland. The second time around, they decided to film the walk in reverse order, starting with the John O'Groats scenes (the end of Alan's walk) and ending with the Land's End scenes (the beginning of the walk). See more »

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Cello Concerto: Adagio
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Music by Edward Elgar
Performed by Jacqueline Dupré
Courtesy of EMI Records
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A stroll across the land
14 November 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Joss Ackland plays elderly, retired Alan Holly who suddenly embarks to walk from Land's End to John O'Groats. His family are puzzled as to why he has decided to do this and encounters all sorts of people in his journey while also taking time to reflect on his life. The film is written by Michael Frayn.

Joss Ackland has admitted that this is one of his favourite roles, yet it was also tinged with sadness. He took over the part at short notice as original choice, Ray McAnally died part way through filming.

I guess it shows in the performance as Holly comes across as slightly reticent, bemused and loss. Even rather distant at times. We are never sure whether its Ackland trying to get to grips with the part where he presumably has had little time to prepare for or this is how his character is to behave.

Despite this the film is a little gem. It is a humorous drama, peppered with some witty lines. Its also now a reflection of Britain in the late 1980s. Sadly this drama has been little shown since its original broadcast.


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