BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
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The Country Wife 

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Horner
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Quack
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Ann Beach ...
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Harcourt
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Sparkish
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Margery Pinchwife
Ciaran Madden ...
Alithea
Sarah Porter ...
Lucy
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13 February 1977 (UK)  »

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Restoration
14 December 2011 | by See all my reviews

This performance of the Country Wife is found on Disc 4 of Helen Mirren At The BBC. I suppose the BBC has taken the opportunity of releasing these old shows to make money off the name of a star who became famous after she appeared in them. William Wycherley is known mainly for The Country Wife, a tale of a jealous husband and his not-too-bright wife. There aren't many laughs in this soggy piece, despite the best efforts of the talented cast who mug and sashay through it. You will hear all the vulgar words (whoremaster, coxcomb, pimp etc.) but the moral sense that should accompany the language is missing.

Helen Mirren is pert and charming but not memorable as the wife from the sticks who wants desperately to see a play, and Bernard Cribbins snarls and rants through his part as Pinchwife. John Nettleton and Adrienne Corri as the Fidgets act very stylishly. If you must have Restoration comedy, then this is acceptable enough.


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