I saw this play on TV way back in the early 1980s and I doubt it'll ever be shown again, but I still remember it. It's a very moving story about two men in their 60s sharing a hospital room and both dying from cancer. The drama comes from these two men having utterly different backgrounds and, at first, a strong dislike for each other, yet forced to share the most intimate of experiences. Fulton Mackay plays an intellectual retired university lecturer and Norman Wisdom has the role of a brash & uneducated former salesman. What makes the play particularly interesting is that Mackay and Wisdom are both very well known to British audiences as comedy actors so it was a huge departure, but I remember they played their roles with great sensitivity. Sadly Fulton Mackay really did die from this awful disease just six years later but Norman Wisdom is still working at age 89. IF Going Gently is ever shown again it's worth seeing.
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