Screen One: Season 3, Episode 8

A Question of Attribution (4 Oct. 1992)

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Sir Anthony Blunt, who was a Soviet agent for 25 years, is routinely questioned and gives no answers, but is knighted and works as Director of the Courtauld Institute, and presents his ... See full summary »

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Sir Anthony Blunt, who was a Soviet agent for 25 years, is routinely questioned and gives no answers, but is knighted and works as Director of the Courtauld Institute, and presents his interrogator with a puzzle in the shape of a doubtful Titian painting. He also does art restoration work in Buckingham Palace, where he gets into an interesting conversation with HMQ. Written by Kathy Li

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[the Queen knows that Sir Anthony Blunt is a traitor and Blunt knows that the Queen knows this, but both maintain a facade of innocence as they discuss the Queen's art collection, amid many coded references]
H.M.Q.: Portraits are supposed to be frightfully self-revealing, aren't they? Show what one's really like - the secret self. Either that or else the eyes are supposed to follow you round the room. Have you had your portrait painted?
Sir Anthony Blunt: No, Ma'am.
H.M.Q.: So we don't know whether you have a secret self?
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H.M.Q.: ...
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Another very clever Alan Bennett work which is very enjoyable
26 July 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Alan Bennett has done it again with A Question of Attribution. His writing is so very clever. James Fox is very good indeed as Sir Anthony Blunt. Prunella Scales is quite brilliant as HMQ. Jason Flemyng is also wonderful as Colin the cheeky Palace worker. Phillips the young student, played by Mark Payton, is also very good. Geoffrey Palmer is very clever as the corrupt Donleavy and David Calder is really in his element as Chubb. Ann Beach is suitably revolting as Mrs.Chubb and Barbara Hicks is in her element as the Lady at the National Gallery.I would highly recommend film this very much. It is real cloak and dagger stuff and also at times highly amusing.


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