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An Ideal Husband 

Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed.... See full summary »

Director:

Rudolph Cartier

Writer:

Oscar Wilde (play)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Margaret Leighton ... Mrs. Cheveley
Keith Michell ... Sir Robert Chiltern
Jeremy Brett ... Vicount Goring
Dinah Sheridan ... Lady Chiltern
Susan Hampshire ... Mabel Chiltern
Charles Carson ... The Earl of Caversham, KG
Michel Faure Michel Faure ... Vicomte de Nanjac
Raymond Graham Raymond Graham ... Mason, butler to Sir Robert
Erik Chitty ... Phipps, Lord Goring's servant
Zena Dare ... Lady Markby
Magda Miller Magda Miller ... Countess of Basildon
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ... Mrs. Marchmont
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Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed. Sir Robert turns for help to his friend Lord Goring, an apparently idle philanderer and the despair of his father. Goring knows the lady of old, and, for him, takes the whole thing pretty seriously. Written by Jeremy Perkins {J-26}

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The original Broadway production of "An Ideal Husband" by Oscar Wilde opened at the Lyceum Theatre on March 12, 1895. Broadway revivals were produced in 1918 and 1996. See more »

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Version of An Ideal Husband (1999) See more »

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excellent version of a clever play
3 January 2008 | by didi-5See all my reviews

With a stunning cast (Margaret Leighton, Keith Michell, Dinah Sheridan, Susan Hampshire, Jeremy Brett) this adaptation of Oscar Wilde's play is witty, clever, and extremely engaging. Without playing too strongly for comedy (which can work with this play), it manages to bring out the sharpness of the lines and the strength of the characters, particularly those of Lord Goring and Mrs Cheveley.

This play is Wilde at his best and TV at its most excellent. You forget you are watching something made up and root for the characters, caring what happens to them. Perhaps the best of the TV and film versions of this story.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1969 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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