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 (Series Cast [6])

Eileen Atkins ... Celia (1 episode, 1998)

David Haig ... Wilfred Paterson (1 episode, 1998)
Thora Hird ... Violet (1 episode, 1998)

Patricia Routledge ... Miss Fozzard (1 episode, 1998)

Julie Walters ... Marjory (1 episode, 1998)

Penelope Wilton ... Rosemary (1 episode, 1998)

Series Directed by
Stuart Burge (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Writing credits
Alan Bennett (6 episodes, 1998)

Series Produced by
Alan Bennett .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1998)
Lorraine Goodman .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1998)
Mark Shivas .... producer (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Original Music by
George Fenton (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Cinematography by
Tim Palmer (1 episode, 1998)
Series Film Editing by
Sue Wyatt (2 episodes, 1998)
Chris Gill (1 episode, 1998)
Series Production Design by
Francesca Boyd (1 episode, 1998)
Stuart Walker (1 episode, 1998)
Series Art Direction by
Diane Dancklefsen (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Costume Design by
Dany Everett (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Makeup Department
Frances Hannon .... hair stylist / makeup designer (2 episodes, 1998)
Linda McInnes .... makeup designer (1 episode, 1998)
Lynda Tully .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1998)
Series Production Management
Liz Pearson .... post-production supervisor (1 episode, 1998)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Campbell .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Art Department
John Bush .... production buyer (2 episodes, 1998)
Jack Carter .... construction manager (2 episodes, 1998)
John Hogan .... property master (2 episodes, 1998)
Mina Martinez .... graphic designer (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Sound Department
Tony Jackson .... sound recordist (6 episodes, 1998)
Paul Harris .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 1998)
Mags Scholes .... boom operator (1 episode, 1998)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
David Fader .... camera operator (2 episodes, 1998)
Joe Ryan .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1998)
John Treays .... lighting director (2 episodes, 1998)
Series Editorial Department
Alan Bishop .... telecine grader (1 episode, 1998)
Josef d'Bache-Kane .... assistant on-line editor (1 episode, 1998)
Liz Pearson .... post-production supervisor (1 episode, 1998)
Alan Tully .... telecine grader (1 episode, 1998)
Series Other crew
Sarah Atkinson .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1998)
Patrick Isherwood .... production accountant (2 episodes, 1998)
John Rakoff .... rehearsal manager (2 episodes, 1998)
Heather Storr .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1998)
Francine Brown .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1998)
Beverly Winston .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1998)

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Sound Mix:
UK:12 (DVD rating)

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Follows "Talking Heads" (1987)See more »


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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Well worth seeking out, 20 December 2012
Author: runamokprods from US

Ten years after the original six terrific monologues of "Talking Heads", Alan Bennett returned with another series of six monologues, as varied and interesting as the first.

The basic approach is the same. The pieces are about a half hour, the characters speak directly to the camera on sets that are theatrical rather than naturalistic. Once again there are 5 female and 1 male character in the group. And once again the acting is at a very high level, bringing these works to touching, funny, and occasionally very disturbing life. Bennett is a wonderful writer who manages to get all the details right, to find the poetry, comedy and tragedy in day to day life and in everyday people.

Not every piece is as strong as the best, but there's not one less than very good. And the best are amazing.

This time around, the monologues are performed by Patricia Routledge, Eileen Atkins, Julie Walters, Thora Hird, Penelope Wilton as the five women and David Haig as the lone male voice. The overall tone seems slightly darker in this set, often dealing with loss, and in one case a daringly sympathetic portrait of a pedophile (not that his actions are seen as less than monstrous, but Bennett still forces us to perceive the man as a human being trapped by forces beyond his control, rather than simply as a monster).

As with the first series this is an excellent and creative use of the intimacy of television, where lengthy close ups and simple visuals are more effective and less fatiguing than they can be in theatrical features.

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