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Abigail's Party 

Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a ... See full summary »

Director:

Mike Leigh

Writer:

Mike Leigh (devised by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Alison Steadman ... Beverly
Tim Stern Tim Stern ... Laurence
Janine Duvitski ... Angela
John Salthouse ... Tony
Harriet Reynolds Harriet Reynolds ... Susan
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Beverly has invited her new neighbours, Angela and Tony, over for drinks. She has also asked her divorced neighbour, Sue, because Sue's fifteen year-old daughter, Abigail, was holding a party in their house. Beverly's husband, Lawrence comes home late from work, just before the guests arrive. The gathering starts off in a stiff insensitive British middle class way with people who do not know each other, until Beverly and Lawrence start sniping at each other. Written by Will Gilbert

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The use of the song by Demis Roussos in the teleplay which became so synonymous with Abigail's Party, actually replaced the one by José Feliciano which was used in the stage production, because they couldn't get permission to use Feliciano's name or music. See more »

Goofs

During some scenes, most notable at the start the crew & in particular the sound boom man can be seen clearly reflected in actress Janine Duvitski's (Angela) large glasses. See more »

Quotes

Beverly: Ange, can you take a little bit of criticism? Now, please don't be offended when I say this, Ange, but I can see what you've done. Okay, you've just sat down in front of your mirror and you've just put your lipstick on. Now, next time, will you try this for me? Now, this is something, Ange, I always used to tell my customers, and it always works. Now, next time, sit down in front of your mirror, and just look at yourself. Relax, and just say, "I've got very beautiful lips." Then take your ...
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Featured in Timeshift: The Rules of Drinking (2012) See more »

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She's a Lady
Written by Paul Anka
Performed by Tom Jones
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A jump into the Seventies
27 February 2003 | by elenapratiSee all my reviews

Watching Mike Leigh's Abigail's Party is like jumping into the past in the Seventies, when the play takes place. It's about a supposedly enjoyable party that soon becomes a hilarious and tragic disaster. And all is due to the ambition of being part of the middle class. The play is a portrait of people of that time, but nonetheless its themes are really up-to-date. For example, everything and everyone must be at Beverly's command so you can guess that it is unsafe to be victims of the desires of people like the cold-hearted Beverly, because events could take the wrong turn. This charming film is blessed with very talented actors who develop very peculiar characters. I really recommend it because it is clever thanks to the analysis of social reality and at the same time you can enjoy yourself with a good laugh.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 November 1977 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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