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Round and Round the Garden 

Annie has second thoughts about spending the weekend with brother-in-law Norman as the dysfunctional family tries to come to terms with itself.

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writer:

Alan Ayckbourn
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Briers ... Reg
Penelope Keith ... Sarah
Tom Conti ... Norman
David Troughton ... Tom
Fiona Walker ... Ruth
Penelope Wilton ... Annie
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Storyline

In Annie's garden on a weekend she is supposed to go off for a secret tryst with her brother-in-law, Norman. Annie's gotten tired of waiting for dim veterinarian neighbor, Tom, to sweep her off her feet. Her brother Reg and wife Sarah arrive to care for Annie and Reg's mum, so Annie can leave. Norman shows up, hiding in the bushes, and before he can signal Annie, he's spotted and has to pretend he's come to visit. Tom pops round for food, and Norman's wife, the cool and tough Ruth, comes to visit mum. In the garden, Norman tries to spirit Annie away, Reg and Tom speculate on who Norman's got as his "bit on the side," and Ruth sunbathes. Will peace ever return to the garden? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

In the 2008 play revival of The Norman Conquests, Jessica Hynes plays Annie. Penelope Wilton, who was the original Annie, starred in Shaun of the Dead (2004) with Jessica Hynes. See more »

Goofs

The lighting director makes absolutely no effort to distinguish morning, afternoon or evening scenes. See more »

Quotes

Sarah: You really don't understand me at all, do you? You don't like me, and you've never tried to! understand me.
Norman: I understand you.
Sarah: But you don't like me... do you?
Norman: I don't dislike you. You make me irritable. You're like mild athlete's foot.
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Connections

Follows The Norman Conquests: Living Together (1977) See more »

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A rare gem
4 March 2000 | by stevethemoviemanSee all my reviews

Now and then, a film comes along that you can watch over and over again for years to come. The "Norman Conquests" trilogy of plays is still as entertaining today as when I first saw it.

The events of the same weekend are told three times, each play is set in a different room of the same country house.

This one, "Round and Round the Garden", is the best(but all three are collectibles!).

The interaction between the characters represents a compelling script, and first-rate performances by all six cast members.

Whilst complications that develop between the characters are mainly due to Norman(Tom Conti), the scene between Ruth(Fiona Walker) and Tom(David Troughton)is truly a masterpiece...one of the funniest I've ever seen!!

Make a note to set the VCR when next this film appears...


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