Play about two elderly cancer patients suffering in hospital.

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Bernard Flood
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Sister Scarli
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Austin Miller
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Gladys Flood
Margaret Whiting ...
Sister Marvin
Peter Attard ...
George Flood
Ray Hassett ...
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Ivan Steward ...
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Bill Dean ...
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John Mulcahy ...
Painter
Ann Queensberry ...
Iris Voluntary worker
Edward Lyon ...
Surgeon
Christian Burgess ...
Resident
Robert Hickson ...
Doctor
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Play about two elderly cancer patients suffering in hospital.

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5 June 1981 (UK)  »

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The title of this play is taken from the title of the poem "Do not go gentle into that good night" by Dylan Thomas, which, like this play, deals with the subject of dying. See more »

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Featured in Norman Wisdom: His Story (2010) See more »

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Absolutely First Rate
18 May 2007 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

"Going Gently" is a first class TV play which has received a new and well-deserved life on BBC's Judi Dench Collection. Dealing with two men in the terminal stage of cancer it hardly sounds like "must see" entertainment. However, I have never seen a better depiction of individuals coming to terms with illness and their mortality. It has much humour (albeit dark), and it also is comforting to see the principal characters retaining their individual personalities in spite of their environment and the discomfort and detached attitudes of hospital workers, family and others who must also cope with the reality of death. Norman Wisdom and Fulton MacKay turn in excellent performances as does Judi Dench in a somewhat secondary role. Highly recommended.


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