1947 in a small town in England. The war has been won two years ago, but there's still rationing of meat. When princess Elizabeth is going to marry, a group of businessmen wants to impress ... See full summary »
A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends - Nicky, Geordie, Mary and Tosker - from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ... See full summary »
Six monologues tell the stories of six different repressed souls: a man dominated by his mother, a vicar's wife, an inveterate letter writer, a hopeful actress, a recently widowed woman, ... See full summary »
A meditation on power and the metaphor of the body of state, based on the real episode of dementia experienced by George III [now suspected a victim of porphyria, a blood disorder]. As he ... See full summary »
darker, and with fewer happy endings than the first series, "talking heads 2" is a real treat. alan bennett's ability to capture natural voices, phrases and opinions shines through, here. some characters are unsympathetic ("the hand of god"); some are very easy to emapthise with, despite the terrible things they do ("playing sandwiches"). the sharp performances from a superb group of actors, and very understated direction and lighting, make the series even more intense. "miss fozzard finds her feet" had me laughing aloud: patricia routledge's upright, proud narrator is quite content to blur the lines of morality by the end of her half hour. "waiting for the telegram" left me flabberghasted and sobbing, as dame thora hird's subtle, gentle performance revealed far more to the audience than the character could ever have realised. so carefully constructed as to be almost real, it's a triumph.
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