Play for Today (1970–1984)
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Edna, the Inebriate Woman 

Edna is a drunk, and a homeless one. The play follows her through the streets, the police station, the psychiatric ward and a hostel, which for a while looks like it may become somewhere she can stay.

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Patricia Hayes ...
Edna
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Josie, of 'Jesus Saves'
Geraldine Sherman ...
Trudi, Inmate at 'Jesus Saves'
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Vangi, Inmate at 'Jesus Saves'
Kate Williams ...
Teresa, Inmate at 'Jesus Saves'
Peggy Aitchison ...
Lil, Inmate at 'Jesus Saves'
Freda Dowie ...
Mother Superior, Helper at 'Jesus Saves'
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Victor, Helper at 'Jesus Saves'
John Trigger ...
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Common Lodging House Proprietor
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Attendant, at The Spike
Denis Carey ...
Doctor, at The Spike
Jerry Verno ...
Old Man, at The Spike
Rex Rashley ...
Old Man, at The Spike
Amelia Bayntun ...
Jessie, a Tramp
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Edna is a drunk, and a homeless one. The play follows her through the streets, the police station, the psychiatric ward and a hostel, which for a while looks like it may become somewhere she can stay.

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21 October 1971 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Realistic and moving
7 August 2005 | by (Sunny Southend, UK) – See all my reviews

Although nowhere near as influential as "Cathy Come Home" this play nevertheless perfectly portrays the sad and tragic life awaiting anyone unlucky enough to fall from life's terrible roller-coaster ride.

A story simply told with lots that is still very relevant over 30 years later.

Patricia Hayes is quite simply masterful in the role of Edna. Intensely moving. Certainly deserves to be more widely shown. Another example of quality TV material that just languishes in some vault somewhere. The film companies are finally realising the market that exists for even very obscure material. Why can't the TV companies do the same?


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