BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
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You Never Can Tell 

The problems of the Clandon family are solved by a "one-shilling dentist" and a philosophical waiter.


James Cellan Jones


George Bernard Shaw (play)

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Episode cast overview:
Robert Powell ... Valentine
Kika Markham ... Gloria Clandon
Ernest Clark ... Finch McComas
Warren Clarke ... Bohun, QC
Cyril Cusack ... Waiter
Patrick Magee ... Fergus Crampton
Judy Parfitt ... Mrs. Clandon
Kate Nicholls Kate Nicholls ... Dolly Clandon
Richard Everett Richard Everett ... Philip Clandon
Gina Rowe Gina Rowe ... Parlour maid
Neville Phillips Neville Phillips ... Jo


The problems of the Clandon family are solved by a "one-shilling dentist" and a philosophical waiter.

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30 October 1977 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Delightful Comedy Played at a Cracking Pace
7 December 2013 | by l_rawjalaurenceSee all my reviews

This PLAY OF THE MONTH presentation from BBC Television reminds us of an age of television when producers did not feel the need to include spurious location sequences set in stately homes in England. Rather they filmed the entire production in the studio with one, perhaps two sets, and focused almost entirely on the characters. YOU NEVER CAN TELL is a delightful comedy of manners, in which Bernard Shaw satirizes class- prejudice, organized religion and Victorian melodrama. Cyril Cusack is quite wonderful as the dotty waiter William (actually christened Walter), who knows how to extricate himself out of any situation; supported by memorable cameos from Robert Powell as an adventurer eventually trumped by Kika Markham's streetwise young woman; Judy Parfitt's knowing authoress and part-time mother; and Warren Clarke as a bullying lawyer. The choreography - by television veteran Geraldine Stephenson - is an added bonus. Definitely a piece to watch for anyone feeling slightly down in the mouth who wants entertaining.

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