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Absurd Person Singular (1985)

Not Rated | | Comedy | TV Movie
A movie in three acts following three couples who, over three years, each host a Christmas party. The camera stays in the kitchen and we are treated to Ayckbourn's beautifully detailed look at middle class life.

Director:

Michael A. Simpson

Writer:

Alan Ayckbourn
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Cast

Credited cast:
John Baddeley John Baddeley ... Dick Potter
Cheryl Campbell ... Eva Jackson
Michael Gambon ... Geoffrey Jackson
Nicky Henson ... Sidney Hopcroft
Lesley Joseph Lesley Joseph ... Lottie Potter
Maureen Lipman ... Jane Hopcroft
Geoffrey Palmer ... Ronald Brewster-Wright
Prunella Scales ... Marion Brewster-Wright
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A movie in three acts following three couples who, over three years, each host a Christmas party. The camera stays in the kitchen and we are treated to Ayckbourn's beautifully detailed look at middle class life.

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The original Broadway production of "Absurd Person Singular'" by Alan Ayckbourn opened October 8, 1974 at the Music Box Theatre and ran for five hundred ninety-one performances. Geraldine Page was nominated for the 1975 Tony Award for Supporting or Features Actress in a Drama for "Absurd Person Singular" as "Marion". See more »

Goofs

In the third act, Maureen Lipman is seen in a succession of shots from one angle wearing a paper hat and from another angle not wearing a paper hat - also from one angle there is a streamer looped over her shoulder, and in the other... no streamer. See more »

Quotes

Geoffrey Jackson: God! How I envy them that! You think I enjoy living out my life, like some kind of sexual flying dutchman!
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A delicious farce.
28 December 2013 | by synthrichieSee all my reviews

Some programs you never tire in watching and this is one of those gems. Lucky to watch this when it was first broadcast and a year or two later it was repeated so managed to video it. Nearly every Christmas I make a point of watching this and always relish in its excellence. From the superb acting, delicious and witty scripts and the clever way it is shot in such tiny studio sets you can only but wonder why the BBC didn't show this as often on TV as they did; it is an absolute gem of a play. For me Prunella Scales is the star but all the actors interact so well together this is a delicate interplay of different personalities cleverly forged into a ballet of mirth. This program should really be released on DVD or repeated again for future generations. A stonker.


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