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Large Cast, Hugely Entertaining
taita from Wellington New Zealand
3 January 2001
This the TV adaptation of JB Priestly's play of the same name first
published in 1938.
Three couples are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversaries. Not only
they all share the same anniversary they all got married at the same church
at the same time by the same preacher. But a revelation that comes forth
during the festivities throws them all in a turmoil. The play revolves
around the repercussions of this revelation, and what can be done to solve
the problem. The story is further enhanced with the possibility that
certain characters are quite pleased with the new situation and are not
especially enthusiastic about rectifying it.
This comedy is one of those delightful Who's Who of British Theatre
productions that doesn't put a foot wrong. Written in 1938 by one of
Britains best playwrights, JB Priestly, it is set in Northern England,
where the theme of the story would indeed have made the participants social
pariahs and bywords.
Three couples are celebrating their combined 25th wedding anniversaries
they receive news of such calamity, such misfortune, such
..well I shan't
spoil the surprise, just try and watch it if you can. The story centres
around solving what seems at first to be unsolvable.
One of the lesser but certainly more memorable members of the cast is Liz
Smith, the stalwart of the working class character, as Mrs Northrop the
cook with a weakness for keyholes. "I wouldn't 've missed this if it meant
'aving ear ache for a week." "It's better than a turn at t'mpire" A couple
on this screen and in real life are Prunella Scales and Timothy West. He
a dull, pompous, penny pinching 'stingy' man to her shy, sweet, endearing
but ultimately courageous woman. You can almost see him deflate before
your eyes. Peter Vaughn pairs up with Patricia Routledge as the host and
hostess and have an extra problem turn up later in the proceedings.
Cribbins and Rosemary Leach make up the final 'happy' couple. Patsy
Rowlands and Joss Ackland are an outside influence that create their own
havoc amidst the turmoil that takes over the evening.
It is a large cast but then that equates with the huge entertainment it
Highly recommended for anyone who enjoys words over weapons.
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