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A squadron leader and a retired milkman decide to bury their differences and move in together after they are both widowed on the very same night... See more » | Add synopsis »
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 (From Monsters and Critics. 28 April 2009, 1:29 PM, PDT)

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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Albert Finney ... Reggie Conyngham-Jervis

Tom Courtenay ... Roy Southgate

Joanna Lumley ... Liz Franks

John Light ... Young Reggie

Joanna Scanlan ... Sister

Priyanga Burford ... Dr. Swann (as Priyanga Elan)
Ursula Howells ... Mary

Katie Carr ... Young Mary
Aileen O'Gorman ... Grace
Iain Jones ... Young Roy

Caroline Carver ... Young Grace
Rebecca Clarke ... Nurse
Laura Heath ... Felicity

Rosamund Pike ... Celia
Lucy Robinson ... Susan
Jeremy Clyde ... Vivian
Matthew Lloyd Davies ... Chaggers
Orlando Wells ... Dogleg
Richard Syms ... Vicar

Adjoa Andoh ... Mandy Hulme
Sean Murray ... Alan
Shaughan Seymour ... Solicitor
Kenneth MacDonald ... Barman
Georgina Hale ... Sabrina's Maid
Emily Morgan ... Sabrina
John Rowe ... Prison Governor
Dominic Rowan ... Bank Manager
Jeillo Edwards ... Sister
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jason Canning ... Restaurant Manager (uncredited)

Directed by
Paul Seed 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Andrew Davies 
Angela Lambert  novel

Produced by
Alex Graham .... executive producer
Paul Sarony .... line producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Jo Willett .... producer
Original Music by
Jim Parker 
Cinematography by
Gavin Finney 
Film Editing by
Dave King 
Casting by
Janey Fothergill 
Production Design by
Michael Pickwoad 
Art Direction by
Henry Harris 
Costume Design by
Frances Tempest 
Makeup Department
Deborah Jarvis .... assistant makeup artist
Deborah Jarvis .... hair stylist
Dorka Nieradzik .... makeup designer
Production Management
Rebecca Christiansen .... production manager
Claire Tovey .... unit manager
Maria Walker .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Fiona Gosden .... third assistant director
Cordelia Hardy .... first assistant director
Adrian Toynton .... second assistant director
Art Department
David Fyson .... production buyer
Austin Harris .... assistant art director
Kate Lloyd-Spencer .... assistant art director
Mike Malik .... property master
Nick Thomas .... stand-by prop (uncredited)
Sound Department
Jim Greenhorn .... sound mixer
Colin Martin .... dubbing mixer
Steve Mayer .... boom operator
Richard Skelton .... dubbing editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Andy Curling .... electrician
Simon Finney .... focus puller
Martin Healey .... best boy
Andy Long .... gaffer
Rod Marley .... clapper loader (as Roderick Marley)
Micky Reeves .... electrician (as Mick Reeves)
John Robinson .... camera grip
Alf Tramontin .... Steadicam operator (as Alf Tremontin)
Gary Parnham .... additional electrician (uncredited)
Mark Tillie .... still photographer (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shirley Nevin .... wardrobe mistress
Gerald Moulin .... costume assistant (uncredited)
Music Department
Gerry O'Riordan .... music recording engineer (uncredited)
Other crew
Kim Armitage .... continuity
Mark Beaumont .... production accountant
Laragh Cresswell .... production team
Victoria Fea .... script editor
Barney Hughes .... production team
Ben Kingsland .... production team
Ian Murray .... head of department rigger
Adam Richards .... location manager
Glynn Turner .... production team
Julia Walsh .... script editor
Sarah-Jane Wilson .... assistant accountant (as Sarah Wilson)
Crew believed to be complete

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USA:104 min

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Liz Franks:Reggie, I've done wrong. I can't marry you. I should never have agreed. I'm going away, abroad. Almost at once.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis:Where are you going?
Liz Franks:Italy.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis:Is it some chap you met there?
Liz Franks:No, it's not a chap. Oh, Reggie, darling, you're very sweet but I'm going to leave you. There's no point in saying sorry or anything. I won't even say that I never would have made you happy. But I'm not a nice person.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis:Thought we could have children.
Liz Franks:[delicately] Oh, Reggie, darling, I'm 52.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis:That's extraordinary. You look like a young girl to me. Will I see you again?
Liz Franks:[on the verge of tears] No, I don't think so. But you never know.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis:It was that young bloody nephew of mine, wasn't it? Sticking his nose in.
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25 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
A Uniquely English Classic, 10 December 2003
Author: DC1977 from United Kingdom

A modern television classic set in the Eighties, A Rather English Marriage tells the story of two recently widowed men; a brash World War Two squadron leader (Albert Finney) and a retired milkman (Tom Courtenay) who form an unlikely alliance as they come to terms with their bereavements.

The two men miss their wives for totally different reasons, Roy Southgate (Courtenay) is a loyal, devoted husband who spends hours with his wife when visiting her at hospital. Reggie Conyngham-Jervis (Finney) is a philanderer who relies on his wife mainly for her cooking and cleaning skills and sees his hospital visits as time that could be better spent in the pub.

When a social worker sees that each man could be the solution to the other's problems, these two characters (complete opposites plagued by personal problems they try to keep hidden) who were hospital waiting room acquaintances are now brought together full time.

This is the sort of charming, well-written television drama that nobody seems to want to make anymore, the two leads forming an even more effective partnership than they did in The Dresser fifteen years earlier where Finney stole the show.

Courtenay is superbly understated, Finney is more powerful and boisterous and probably the more versatile actor. Their contrasting styles complement each other perfectly.

Although this is mainly a double-act, Joanna Lumley also excels as the gold-digger who has her eye on Reggie's wallet.

However this drama belongs equally to Finney and Courtenay. The final scene with these two grand old men of film and theatre dancing to Glenn Miller's 'Moonlight Serenade' will surely prove to be one of the most lasting and endearing moments in British television.

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