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21 November 1999 (USA) See more »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Lindsay Duncan ... Marilyn Truman

Timothy Spall ... Oswald Bates

Liam Cunningham ... Christopher Anderson

Billie Whitelaw ... Veronica

Emilia Fox ... Spig
Arj Barker ... Garnett

Blake Ritson ... Nick
Sheila Dunne ... Molly (as Sheila Dunn)
Jean Channon ... Dinner Lady
Jennifer House ... Dinner Lady
Geoffrey Beevers ... Doctor (as Geoffery Beevers)
Lesley McGuire ... Nurse (as Leslie McGuire)

Andy Serkis ... Styeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Kenneth W Caravan ... Doug (uncredited)
Emma Sackville ... Lily Katzmann (uncredited)

Directed by
Stephen Poliakoff 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stephen Poliakoff 

Produced by
John Chapman .... producer
Simon Curtis .... executive producer
Peter Fincham .... executive producer
Helen Flint .... line producer
Original Music by
Adrian Johnston 
Cinematography by
Bruno de Keyzer 
Ernest Vincze  (as Ernie Vincze)
Film Editing by
Paul Tothill 
Casting by
Andy Pryor 
Production Design by
John Paul Kelly  (as John-Paul Kelly)
Art Direction by
Peter Robinson 
Costume Design by
Susannah Buxton 
Makeup Department
Nabila Al Own .... makeup artist
Penny Smith .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nick Heckstall-Smith .... first assistant director
Ben Howarth .... second assistant director
Rebecca Sutton .... third assistant director
George Walker .... second assistant director
Art Department
Jane Henwood .... assistant art director
David Horrill .... property master
Emma MacDevitt .... stand-by art director
Alan Thompson .... prop maker
Sara Wan .... production buyer
Sound Department
Mik Gough .... boom operator
Paul Hamblin .... dubbing mixer
Catherine Hodgson .... dubbing editor
Richard Manton .... sound recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Jim Crowther .... grip
Alan Grayley .... electrician
Mark Hutton .... electrician
Jim Jolliffe .... clapper loader
Rod Marley .... clapper loader
Graham Norton III .... focus puller
Charlie Palmer .... focus puller
Colin Powton .... best boy
Laurie Shane .... gaffer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Liza Bracey .... costume assistant
Franca Knight .... costume supervisor
Editorial Department
Russell Beeden .... assistant editor
Music Department
Terry Davies .... conductor
Other crew
Penny Anderson .... production accountant
Sally Debonnaire .... head of production
Dee Gregson .... location manager
Mary Haddow .... continuity
Jane Hawley .... production executive: BBC
Hilary Norrish .... script editor
Lia Stephenson .... production coordinator
Henry Wilks .... picture researcher

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16 out of 18 people found the following review useful.
hugely emotional TV series, 2 August 2004
Author: didi-5 from United Kingdom

This gem from writer-director Stephen Poliakoff aired on the BBC to popular and critical acclaim, and was a surprise hit of a drama-lite year. Using the setting of a photograph library, and the plot that the collection needs to broken up and sold off to satisfy the greed of an American property developer, it says a lot about the associative process of memory, the sequencial nature of small details, and about ourselves as viewers of the drama within a drama.

Of the excellent cast, four stand out - Lindsay Duncan, Timothy Spall, Billie Whitelaw, and Liam Cunningham. The images really provide the crux of the series though, as we see a path through time and follow one character through from one reality to the next. The fabulous music also helps the process, and all things combined make this a really superior piece of small-screen drama.

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