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Original Air Date:
6 January 1993 (Season 21, Episode 10)
The only son of wealthy widow Violet Venable dies while on vacation with his cousin Catherine. What the girl saw was so horrible that she went insane; now Mrs. Venable wants Catherine lobotomized to cover up the truth. | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. See more »
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One of Maggie Smith's finest small screen performances See more (7 total) »


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Episode Crew
Directed by
Richard Eyre 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Tennessee Williams  play

Produced by
Simon Curtis .... producer
Jane Hawley .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Hartley 
Cinematography by
Andrew Dunn 
Film Editing by
Mark Day 
Production Design by
Bob Crowley 
Art Direction by
Peter Findley 
Costume Design by
Hazel Pethig 
Makeup Department
Shaunna Harrison .... makeup designer
Belinda Hodson .... makeup assistant
Sharon Walsh .... makeup assistant
Production Management
Martin Hutchings .... production manager
Art Department
Mark Collisson .... construction manager
Maura Laverty .... production buyer
Mina Martinez .... graphic designer
Sound Department
Debbie Pragnell .... dubbing editor
John Pritchard .... sound recordist
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer
Aad Wirtz .... sound re-recording mixer
Garry Fiferman .... sound re-recordist (uncredited)
Visual Effects by
Peter Wragg .... visual effects designer
Camera and Electrical Department
Gary Cross .... best boy
Steven Hall .... focus puller
Paul Hatchman .... grip
Jeremy Humphries .... second camera operator
Paul Robinson .... first camera clapper
Alex Scott .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Janine Marr .... costume assistant (as Janine Stewart)
Other crew
Sue Ainscough .... assistant floor manager
Janey Barton .... production assistant
Joseph Rhodes .... assistant floor manager

Series Crew
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Directed by
John Doyle 
John Glenmeister (episode "Man Who Married a French Wife, the")
Nick Havinga (episode "Girls in Their Summer Dresses") (episode "Monument, The")
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Marion J. Caffey  creator
Daniel Ezralow  creator
Josh Groban  creator

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Additional Details

USA:82 min
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

Shot in 11 days.See more »
Doctor Cukrowicz:[lighting a table lighter, which flames high] Lord! What a torch!
Violet Venable:So shines a good deed in a naughty world, Dr. Sugar.
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10 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
One of Maggie Smith's finest small screen performances, 8 November 1999
Author: cope2 ( from Stoke on Trent, UK

Mrs. Venable has to be one of Maggie Smith's most powerful small screen performances, her rendition of the crippled yet revenge ridden widow is a gothic portrayal which is matched with an equally memorable Natasha Richardson as Catherine. Every facet of this Richard Eyre production reeks of class, the supporting cast are divine with Rob Lowe turning in an understated Dr. Sugar who is pressured to perform a dangerous lobotomy on Catherine in return for substantial research funding by Venable. As the film progresses the viewer is drawn into the tense narrative and the final scene where Catherine is summoned to the house to relive the death of Venable's son before the unbelieving harridan is just phenomenal. Only seen once on BBC2 back in November 1993, this film surely deserves a video release or even a repeat showing. Why it has only had one British outing is beyond me.

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