Tom Richards is a farmer who lives alone and decides to advertise for a companion-housekeeper to come and live with him. Tom is a good, kind man but is illiterate and as a bachelor hasn't ... See full summary »

Director:

Silvio Narizzano

Writers:

H.E. Bates (story), Hugh Leonard (adaptation)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ... Tom Richards
Barbara Ewing Barbara Ewing ... Edna Johnson
Michael Elphick ... Jack
Diane Keen ... Girl in Office
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Alistair Cooke ... Himself - Narrator
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Tom Richards is a farmer who lives alone and decides to advertise for a companion-housekeeper to come and live with him. Tom is a good, kind man but is illiterate and as a bachelor hasn't put much effort into keeping house. He works his farm with the help of Jack and basically keeps to himself. When Edna Johnson applies for the job, he is quite pleased. She is attractive and a hard worker. They develop a mutual respect that leads to love and soon they are sharing the same bed. Edna soon realizes however that Jack has been taking advantage of Tom's good nature and sets out to rectify the situation. Jack however isn't going to just sit there and has his own plan, particularly when he learns Edna's secret. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 December 1973 (USA) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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A gem of a film, atmospheric and moving.
5 February 2005 | by stanistreetSee all my reviews

Like all H.E Bates stories of Country Matters, this one is deceptively simple and has, at its heart, a clever take on Shakespeare's Othello. A farmer, who is unable to read or write, works a smallholding in rural England. He has a farmhand who has been stealing the proceeds of the sale of eggs. When the farmer brings a woman into the farm, the farmhand begins to sew the seeds of distrust as he sees his power base being eroded. When the woman eventually goes away, she leaves a note for the farmer. The farm hand, realising his master's problems with reading, reads his own version of the letter in which the woman "confesses" to stealing the money and gives this as her reason for leaving. Like Othello, it is a tragedy and most beautifully acted. Ithink it would be well worth re-issuing on DVD, perhaps in a compilation of Bates' stories.


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