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In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure... See full summary »
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 Geoffrey Tennant (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Ellen Fanshaw (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Oliver Welles (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
Susan Coyne ...
 Anna Conroy (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Darren Nichols (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Richard Smith-Jones (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
Oliver Dennis ...
 Jerry (18 episodes, 2003-2006)
Graham Harley ...
 Cyril (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
Michael Polley ...
 Frank (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
Catherine Fitch ...
 Maria (17 episodes, 2003-2006)
Leon Pownall ...
 Brian (12 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Nahum (11 episodes, 2003-2006)
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 Basil (9 episodes, 2003-2005)
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 Sloan (8 episodes, 2003-2005)
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In the fictional town of New Burbage, legendary theatrical madman Geoffrey Tennant returns to the New Burbage Theatre Festival, the site of his greatest triumph and most humiliating failure, to assume the artistic directorship after the sudden death of his mentor, Oliver Welles. When Geoffrey arrives he finds that Oliver is still there, in spirit anyway, and with his guidance (and often in spite of it) Geoffrey attempts to reconcile with his past while wrestling the festival back from the marketing department. Despite a bitter leading lady, a clueless leading man, and a scheming general manager, he manages to stage a remarkable production of Hamlet -- the play that drove him mad. Written by The Movie Network - Synopsis

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Paul Gross and Martha Burns, who play on-again, off-again lovers Geoffrey and Ellen, have in their real lives been married since 1988. They have two children together. See more »

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Cyril: [about Geoffrey] He's doing the rounds. He saw the Chekov on Tuesday. He was at the Dream last night.
Frank: No!
Cyril: Yeah. There he was. Third raw from the back. Head burried in his hands like he lost a brother in the war.
Frank: Crikey. He wouldn't recast, would he?
Cyril: Not the Dream, no. But God knows what he'll do with Oliver's Hamlet. Play the lead himself.
Frank: You think?
Cyril: Oh, why not? It was the play that drow him mad. Seven years ago. I saw it all with me own eyes. Halfway through the gravedigger scene he suddenly ...
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absolutely the best TV show to come along in years.
29 October 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

You can tell that this TV show came out of a country other the the US because it's so well acted, very funny and just plain brilliant. It's unashamedly aimed at adults with IQ's over 10. I've been a huge fan of Stephen Ouimettes for years so I expected nothing but the best from him, but what a pleasant surprise to find this show chock a block with actors who actually can act. I watched the first two seasons straight through the night purring like a cat with a saucer of cream. It's great fun seeing how the theatre works behind the scenes - at last a show with a unique theme, original ideas and clever writing. I hope this one lasts and lasts.


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