Play for Today (1970–1984)
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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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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
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Gatekeeper
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Removal Man
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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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nostalgia, regret, loss, hope
30 September 2006 | by (Reno, NV) – See all my reviews

Beautiful story of a couple who, upon the husband's retiring, move to Morecambe from Leeds. The story is simple enough, but the magic is in the dialog between the two main characters.

They obviously are still very happy with each other, but express regret and confusion at the way their world has changed. Leeds seems to be (literally) falling down around them as they leave town for their new home by the beach.

Their lives have changed so little since the husband started work in the 40s, that when it comes time to make this big change they find the whole world has changed around them.

It's quietly devastating.


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