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The Devil's Disciple 

The black sheep of a family (Dick Dudgeon) and the local minister (Anthony Anderson) discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.


David Hugh Jones (as David Jones)


George Bernard Shaw (play)


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Episode cast overview:
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Mrs. Dudgeon
Cheryl Maiker Cheryl Maiker ... Essie
Graham Turner Graham Turner ... Christy Dudgeon
Patrick Stewart ... Anthony Anderson
Susan Wooldridge ... Judith Anderson
Patrick Godfrey ... Lawyer Hawkins
Patrick Newell ... Uncle William Dudgeon
Freda Rodgers Freda Rodgers ... Mrs. William Dudgeon
John Cater ... Uncle Titus Dudgeon
June Ellis June Ellis ... Mrs. Titus Dudgeon
Mike Gwilym Mike Gwilym ... Richard 'Dick' Dudgeon
Larry Lamb ... The Sergeant
Benjamin Whitrow ... Major Swindon
Ian Richardson ... General Burgoyne
Timothy Kightley Timothy Kightley ... Chaplain


The black sheep of a family (Dick Dudgeon) and the local minister (Anthony Anderson) discover their true vocations during the Revolutionary War.

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Wit, Wisdom or Words?
30 May 2006 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Although THE DEVIL'S DISCIPLE is not one of George Bernard Shaw's best plays, it is a pretty fair historical piece, boasting, as it does, one of his more genuinely witty characters, in the personage of John Burgoyne, sometimes Parliamentarian, sometimes playwright, and always, in this show at least, possessed of a sardonic turn of phrase.

The plot of it concerns the relationship between the man of action and the man of thought and their easy ability to impersonate and, indeed, become each other. Shaw's plays are often composed of arguments in which the straw man argues fiercely and well until ultimately simply being unable to stand the blows of his opponents. In this show, when Dick Dudgeon becomes the Reverend Anderson and vice versa, they simply exchange registers and the pair of them become actors exchanging parts in repertory, while Ian Richardson as Burgoyne gets to say all the amusing lines. History becomes reduced to a minstrel show or Shakespearean male actors playing women who disguise themselves as men.

Well, if history is farce, then Shaw's witty lines make it an amusing farce. See it for that.

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17 May 1987 (UK) See more »

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