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Sunset Across the Bay 

A married couple, after a life time of work and bringing up a family, retire and awaken to the fast changing world around them, the habitual nature of their relationship, and what they have left.

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Gabrielle Daye ...
Mam
Harry Markham ...
Dad
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Bertram
Christine Buckley ...
Woman in flats
Bill Pilkington ...
Woman's husband
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Canteen Lady
Peter Wallis ...
Gatekeeper
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Removal Man
Joe Belcher ...
Workman
Albert Modley ...
Arthur
Betty Alberge ...
Mrs Longstaff
Marjorie Sudell ...
Newsagent
Clifford Kershaw ...
1st Man in teabar
Joe Kenyon ...
2nd Man in teabar
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Milkman
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A married couple, after a life time of work and bringing up a family, retire and awaken to the fast changing world around them, the habitual nature of their relationship, and what they have left.

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Comedy | Drama

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20 February 1975 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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deceptively simple play
5 September 2009 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Alan Bennett's play 'Sunset Across The Bay' looks simple on the surface: a character study of a long marriage which has settled into routine, where the wife has been a housewife and the husband a worker in engineering.

From the Leeds slums where they live - about to be demolished - to the seaside retirement flat at Morecambe, we see the old couple struggle to adjust to spending time together after a life where every day was the same.

As 'Dad' says, he's worked all his life to do nothing, and it's difficult for him to adjust.

Quietly simplistic but complex as well, 'Sunset Across The Bay' is a beautiful piece of work, and everything that drama produced today would not be. There's no great action sequences, no sex, violence, or swearing, no hand-held filming. It's completely believable and ordinary, and yet, this being Bennett, it is extraordinary as well.

The kind of thing the BBC did best in the days where they produced many plays each year: and the kind of thing which is sadly missed.


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