Celia is a covetous antiques dealer who brazenly aids elderly neighbours for the sole purpose of being in a good position to buy their treasures on the cheap when they die. She's particularly put out...
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 »
Hetty wakes on her 60th birthday and decides to become a private investigator. With assistance from a teenager called Geoffrey and her husband Robert, combined with her own common sense, Hetty is confident she can solve any case.
Alan Bennett has done it again, but furthering his views on human loneliness, despair and plain resignation (amongst others). Patricia Routledge's character is yet again proof that she is an excellent tragedienne. Eileen Atkins handles what is possibly the most uncannily ironic of all six pieces. Julie Walters ventures in deep, dark territory here, and what to say of Thora Hird's almost unbearably moving rendering here? No actor should be left out, really. This series of monologues makes you wonder if television isn't the clever box after all, rather than the idiot one. Bravo!
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