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A Woman of No Importance 

A middle-aged woman contemplates her life after she is admitted to hospital.




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Miss Schofield


Miss Schofield, office worker, single, middle-aged, and all alone, fills her life with office gossip and with her belief that she is irreplaceable in her workplace. Then a "little stomach trouble" sends her first to the doctor for a check-up, then into hospital for tests, and then into what appears to be a permanent residency on the ward. She does her touching best to slip the hospital and its routines and personalities into the void in her life. Written by Morganalee

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19 November 1982 (UK)  »

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The first of Bennett's wonderful monologues for TV
16 January 2013 | by See all my reviews

Deeply moving 45 minute precursor to Bennett's "Talking Heads" monologues, this monologue tells the story of a somewhat fussy, gossipy, but somehow also endearing middle-aged spinster, and her being beset by an illness.

At first the piece feels rather light-weight. But as we watch Patricia Routledge in an amazing performance we are taken deeper and deeper into the darkness by a woman who does everything in her power to refuse to acknowledge it.

Funny, simple, wise and terribly sad, this was also daring for TV in it's making a whole show of a woman talking to the camera.

Between Bennett's wonderful ear for dialogue, and ability to be empathetic without being sappy, Routledge wonderful work and director Giles Foster modulating the short film with a sensitive and delicate hand, they create a piece far more impactful and memorable that most films double or more the running length.

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