BBC2 Play of the Week: Season 1, Episode 10

A Visit from Miss Protheroe (11 Jan. 1978)

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Arthur Dodsworth has recently retired. He lives alone except for his budgie and memories of his late wife Winnie. One afternoon his nap is interrupted by the doorbell; his former secretary,... See full summary »

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Arthur Dodsworth has recently retired. He lives alone except for his budgie and memories of his late wife Winnie. One afternoon his nap is interrupted by the doorbell; his former secretary, Peggy Prothero, has come to visit. A brash, charmless woman who seems to take no pleasure in anything but putting people down, Miss Prothero wants to fill her old boss in on all the changes that have taken place at work since he left. Dodsworth isn't very curious, and as the visit wears on it puts a little strain on his politeness and patience. Miss Prothero doesn't enjoy it much either, but lingers on as there's a bombshell she wants to drop. The docketing system Dodsworth introduced thirty years earlier, which revolutionised the firm, has been scrapped by her adored new boss Mr Skinner. The crowning achievement of Dodsworth's career has just become obsolete, and she wants to tell him all about it. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Patricia Routledge and Alan Bennett - perfection
12 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

'A Visit from Miss Protheroe' presents Patricia Routledge as a secretary visiting her former boss, on the surface all sweetness and light - but is she really as friendly as she seems? It's a beautiful performance punctuated by verbal asides from Bennett himself. Although dry and informative, perhaps these are a little unnecessary but they highlight that people don't always say and think the same things. In any case, it is always a pleasure to listen to Bennett's voice.

Mr Dodsworth, the boss, is played with understatement by Hugh Lloyd, who conveys resignation, despair, and boredom in one fell swoop. And with one studio set (including non-talking budgie) this play is a compact 37 minutes, tight, well-written and directed, and memorable.


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