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The Glittering Prizes 

Twenty years in the lives of some Cambridge undergraduates, who all find that the real world of a changing Britain is a hard place.

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Series cast summary:
Tom Conti ...  Adam Morris 4 episodes, 1976
Barbara Kellerman ...  Barbara Morris / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Mark Wing-Davey ...  Mike Clode 4 episodes, 1976
Clive Merrison ...  Bill Bourne 3 episodes, 1976
John Gregg John Gregg ...  Alan Parks 3 episodes, 1976
Emily Richard Emily Richard ...  Anna Cunningham 3 episodes, 1976
Malcolm Stoddard ...  Dan Bradley 3 episodes, 1976
Roger Hammond ...  Ronald Braithwaite / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Jeremy Child ...  John Cadman 3 episodes, 1976
Nigel Havers ...  Denis Porson 3 episodes, 1976
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ...  Lionel Morris 3 episodes, 1976
Angela Down Angela Down ...  Joyce Bradley / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Anna Carteret ...  Barbara Parks / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Suzanne Stone Suzanne Stone ...  Jo-Ann Case / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ...  Bruno Lazlo 2 episodes, 1976
Simon Cadell Simon Cadell ...  Ken Hobbs 2 episodes, 1976


Twenty years in the lives of some Cambridge undergraduates, who all find that the real world of a changing Britain is a hard place.

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21 January 1976 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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It was generally believed that the central character in this mini-series, a brilliant Jewish student at Cambridge who becomes a novelist and film writer, was an autobiographical portrait of Frederic Raphael, the scriptwriter of the series. See more »

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Another Enthusiastic Vote for DVD release!
23 April 2008 | by tonstant viewerSee all my reviews

None of the British mini-series that found their way across the Atlantic stand as a greater achievement than "The Glittering Prizes." Not "I: Claudius," not "Brideshead Revisited," none of them.

Frederic Raphael's script strikes just the right combination of warmth and acidity with a note of genuineness that we don't always associate with this writer. The performances are uniformly apt. Many of the young cast would go on to solid careers, yet few of them would ever give greater performances than they do here.

Undoubtedly the TV technology of the period may appear quaint, but that certainly hasn't held back "I, Claudius." I have seen this series again since the first American run in 1977, so I'm not relying only on dim memory. The writing and acting still hold up.

So many of these mini-series are really second-rate, sometimes dreary, but that's what average means, average. "The Glittering Prizes" is among a handful of really great pieces of television, and we are waiting impatiently for the BBC to complete excavation of the archives and place this wondrous series before a new generation of viewers.

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