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A Day Out (1972)

A Day Out - Alan Bennett's debut play for television follows the members of a Halifax cycling club, on an outing from Halifax to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Set in the summer of 1911 and projects an idyllic vision of Edwardian England .

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David Waller ... Shuttleworth
... Shorter
... Ackroyd
Philip Locke ... Wilkins
Dave Hill ... Gibson (as David Hill)
... Boothroyd
... Baldring
Don McKillop ... Mr. Tetley
... Ernest
Paul Greenwood ... Edgar Appleton
Paul Rosebury ... Cross
Dorothy Reynolds ... Mother
Virginia Bell ... Florence
Helen Fraser ... Mrs. Ackroyd
Maggie Jones ... Mrs. Shorter
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A Day Out - Alan Bennett's debut play for television follows the members of a Halifax cycling club, on an outing from Halifax to the ruins of Fountains Abbey. Set in the summer of 1911 and projects an idyllic vision of Edwardian England .

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The film is set in 1911. A caption at the beginning reads 'Sunday May 17'. 17 May 1911 was not a Sunday. See more »

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Double nostalgia, beautifully delivered
6 August 2004 | by See all my reviews

Alan Bennett's first work for television is a beautiful, simple picture of a Halifax cycling club's outing to Bolton Abbey in the summer of 1911. It is a hot summer day, and not much happens - but the play is packed with incident as the club members from across the social spectrum interact with each other and the locals they meet. the naive optimism is countered by a brief epitaph in 1919, as the survivors of the World War commemorate the dead.

The black and white drama is doubly nostalgic, not only with the near perfect portrait of 1911 Yorkshire, but also of the high-quality early efforts of Bennett and Stephen Frears at the beginning of their careers over 30 years ago. Well worth watching.


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