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The Imitation Game 

A young woman involved in secret work during World War II finds herself in difficulties, and maybe even danger - from her own side.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Cathy Raine
Lorna Yabsley ...
Anna Raine (as Lorna Charles)
Bernard Gallagher ...
Mr. Raine
Gillian Martell ...
Mrs. Raine
Nicholas Le Prevost ...
ATS Officer
Geoffrey Chater ...
Colonel in Cell
Kristine Howarth ...
Tony's Mother
Keith Marsh ...
Factory Clerk
Carol MacReady ...
ATS Sergeant
Annie Hayes ...
Jean Leppard ...
Sue Greenwood ...
ATS L. Cpl.


A young woman involved in secret work during World War II finds herself in difficulties, and maybe even danger - from her own side.

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Comedy | Drama




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24 April 1980 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Worthy drama of early WW2
3 August 2013 | by (Thailand) – See all my reviews

"The Imitation Game" is about a headstrong and intelligent teenager, Cathy Raine, (played by one of Britain's national treasures, Harriet Walter, CBE), and takes place during the early stages of World War Two.

Defying her family and fiancé, she joins the short lived ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) to 'do her bit' for queen and country and also to escape the maddening boredom of her life at home. Her personality is caught between the Suffragette movement which gave women the vote and 'women's lib' which gave them an opinion to go with it!

She unwittingly gets transferred to Bletchley Park as a punishment for kneeing a publican (bar owner) in the nuts, where she is put on 'general duties.' But her quest to find out what she's been doing for the war effort leads her into trouble...

It's a BBC drama made in 1980 so you can expect a top notch cast and high production values. There are plenty of faces you'll recognize. The mournful piano melodies of Mozart keep everything together. Even 33 years on it still holds up very well.

It saddens me that there's just one review (mine) for this timeless and important piece of art and hundreds for some of the most forgettable dross on TV! Anyway, worth a watch if only to see Hyacinth Bucket in an army uniform!

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