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Sunset Across the Bay 

A married couple, after a life time of work and bringing up a family, retire and awaken to the fast changing world around them, the habitual nature of their relationship, and what they have left.

Director:

Stephen Frears

Writer:

Alan Bennett (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gabrielle Daye ... Mam
Harry Markham Harry Markham ... Dad
Bob Peck ... Bertram
Christine Buckley Christine Buckley ... Woman in flats
Bill Pilkington Bill Pilkington ... Woman's husband
Elizabeth Dawn ... Canteen Lady
Peter Wallis ... Gatekeeper
Paul Shane ... Removal Man
Joe Belcher ... Workman
Albert Modley Albert Modley ... Arthur
Betty Alberge ... Mrs Longstaff
Marjorie Sudell Marjorie Sudell ... Newsagent
Clifford Kershaw Clifford Kershaw ... 1st Man in teabar
Joe Kenyon Joe Kenyon ... 2nd Man in teabar
Bernard Wrigley ... Milkman
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Storyline

A married couple, after a life time of work and bringing up a family, retire and awaken to the fast changing world around them, the habitual nature of their relationship, and what they have left.

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 February 1975 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Quotes

[Mam and Dad are on a coach]
Mam: It's one of them buses with a lavatory. Are you going to go?
Dad: I don't want to go.
Mam: I do.
Dad: Well go then.
Mam: I don't want *everybody* to know I'm going.
Dad: [looking across at another passenger] She's been in twice already. She were in there before we got to Stanningley. Anyway, what's does it matter what folk think? We're retired now.
Mam: All right. Hold me bag.
[Mam walks to the back of the bus, goes into the cubicle and comes back a few minutes later]
Mam: I went. It's very ingenious. ...
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Connections

Featured in Alan Bennett at 80: Bennett Meets Hytner (2014) See more »

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nostalgia, regret, loss, hope
30 September 2006 | by cloisterbell-1See all my reviews

Beautiful story of a couple who, upon the husband's retiring, move to Morecambe from Leeds. The story is simple enough, but the magic is in the dialog between the two main characters.

They obviously are still very happy with each other, but express regret and confusion at the way their world has changed. Leeds seems to be (literally) falling down around them as they leave town for their new home by the beach.

Their lives have changed so little since the husband started work in the 40s, that when it comes time to make this big change they find the whole world has changed around them.

It's quietly devastating.


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