BBC Play of the Month: Season 14, Episode 6

Design for Living (6 May 1979)

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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

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Rula Lenska ...
Clive Arrindell ...
Otto
John Steiner ...
Leo
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Ernest Friedman
Dandy Nichols ...
Helen Horton ...
Vincent Marzello ...
Martha Nairn ...
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A woman cannot decide between two men who love her, and the trio agree to try living together in a platonic friendly relationship.

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Witty, enjoyable, fun.
31 December 2008 | by (London) – See all my reviews

As the only comment on this excellent production seems to find fault with Rula Lenska's resemblance to Joan Collins (??) and Loretta Young (??), that the men aren't more hunky and steamy, and the fact that the dialogue is talky, I feel compelled to leave MY two bits' worth.

Talk is what we expect from Noel Coward. Reams of it. Clever, witty, bizarre, offbeat, and yes, not what one would expect of people in real life. Since when does drama have to follow normal speech? If such were the case, then anyone with a tape recorder could become a playwright.

Rula Lenska is divine, preposterous and hilarious. I'd only seen her on tabloid covers taken from Celebrity Big Brother, alas, and to see this televised play was most illuminating. Her two gentlemen are, yes, a little limp by today's Hollywood standards, but a lot more clever. It is easy to see why this trio of misplaced bohemians must always be together. They feed off one another, and are more alive when all three are in the room together. The actors convey this admirably. The costumes, hair and so on are beautiful, giving the sparkling dialogue a perfect setting.

Bravos all round. If something half this good were produced today, the critics would be ecstatic.


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