Screen Two: Season 6, Episode 1

Old Flames (14 Jan. 1990)

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Daniel is an obeying and high-flying barrister with the good life on his side. Nathaniel Quass is a rich and bizarre recluse, generous, obsessed and sad. This reluctant pair are caught up ... See full summary »

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Nathanial Quass
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Daniel Davenport
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Nellie
Clive Francis ...
Jackaboy
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Cricketer
Christopher Driscoll ...
Man in Car Park
Hetty Baynes ...
Sophie
Frank Ellis ...
Herman
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Parkes
Michael Haughey ...
Green Cap
Ursula Jones ...
Photographer
Ray Sparks ...
Photographer's Companion
Shaheen Khan ...
Zelda
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Strauss
Romolo Bruni ...
Luigi
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Daniel is an obeying and high-flying barrister with the good life on his side. Nathaniel Quass is a rich and bizarre recluse, generous, obsessed and sad. This reluctant pair are caught up in an alliance against an ingenious conspiracy which threatens both their lives. Written by Anonymous

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30 July 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

When the BBC launched their Screen Two season they would always launch with their strongest film, the one the critics and the public would lap up.

Old Flames is no exception. Starring Stephen Fry as a public school educated and uptight barrister, he meets up with a bumbling, neurotic old school friend played by Simon Callow.

Mixed in with another friend from the past, the sadistic Jackboots played wonderfully by Clive Francis and you have a creepy urban mystery dealing with lost friendship and identity.

The script makes subtle references to Hitchcock and Agatha Christie and it was noted at the time that those murdered bore the names of British drama critics of the time.

Clive Francis gives the standout performance and Callow is no slouch as the bizarre Nathaniel Quass. Fry on the other hand reminds you that in the 1990s, outside of comedy, he really did tend to play uptight establishment figures in dramas rather than the eccentrics he is known for nowadays.


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