Play for Today (1970–1984)
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A middle-class couple go camping in Dorset, but peace and quiet elude them.


Mike Leigh


Mike Leigh (deviser)

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Episode complete credited cast:
Roger Sloman ... Keith Pratt
Alison Steadman ... Candice Marie
Anthony O'Donnell ... Ray
Sheila Kelley Sheila Kelley ... Honky
Stephen Bill Stephen Bill ... Finger
Richenda Carey ... Miss Beale
Eric Allan Eric Allan ... Quarryman
Matthew Guinness Matthew Guinness ... Farmer
Sally Watts Sally Watts ... Farm Girl
Richard Ireson Richard Ireson ... Policeman


Their Morris packed to the gills, the punctilious Keith and the more spontaneous Candice-Marie arrive at a Dorset campground where they pay £10 in advance for ten nights. It's peaceful: they visit Corfe Castle, eat vegetarian food, and go in search of raw milk. Then a fellow with a loud radio pitches his tent near theirs: Keith is beside himself and it doesn't help when Candice-Marie decides to befriend the young man. Things get worse when a couple arrive on a motorcycle, make noisy love in their tent, and then start an illegal campfire. It's too much for Keith: he loses it. Will our middle-class couple find a bucolic corner, or are they doomed to brawl with the noisy and unwashed? Written by <>

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Release Date:

13 January 1976 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The registration number of the Morris Minor has the letters "BY". Really used by the Croydon vehicle registration office in the days before regionalisation. See more »


Finger: How are we supposed to cook our dinner, then?
Keith: You can have a cold dinner!
Finger: We've got sausages!
Keith: Well, you shouldn't be eating sausages!
Honky: Why not?
Keith: Well, quite apart from the toxic substances in the meat, there are quite a few harmful additives and preservatives in the sausage!
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Referenced in Forever Ealing (2002) See more »

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Keith! Keith!
15 January 2004 | by R_O_U_SSee all my reviews

Where it all began for Mike Leigh. This was a TV movie about a married couple who go camping. She is an easily led dimwit, he an absolute boor. He marches around the countryside dutifully doing guidebook walks without really taking anything in ("What's that, Keith?" "It's Number 12.") and sticking to his own pre-arranged plans no matter what ("We can't do that tomorrow, we're doing something else tomorrow!") Of course, he goes to pieces by the end, but the best bits are that sheer comedy of embarrassment that Britain does so well.

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