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A Rather English Marriage (1998)

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A squadron leader and a retired milkman decide to bury their differences and move in together after they are both widowed on the very same night. They become a companionable if odd couple, ... See full summary »

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Paul Seed

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Andrew Davies, Angela Lambert (novel)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Albert Finney ... Reggie Conyngham-Jervis
Tom Courtenay ... Roy Southgate
Joanna Lumley ... Liz Franks
John Light ... Young Reggie
Joanna Scanlan ... Sister
Priyanga Burford ... Dr. Swann (as Priyanga Elan)
Ursula Howells Ursula Howells ... Mary
Katie Carr ... Young Mary
Aileen O'Gorman Aileen O'Gorman ... Grace
Iain Jones Iain Jones ... Young Roy
Caroline Carver ... Young Grace
Rebecca Clarke Rebecca Clarke ... Nurse
Laura Heath Laura Heath ... Felicity
Rosamund Pike ... Celia
Lucy Robinson ... Susan
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A squadron leader and a retired milkman decide to bury their differences and move in together after they are both widowed on the very same night. They become a companionable if odd couple, until their unlikely friendship is threatened by the arrival of an alluring woman with a hidden agenda. Written by <stripe@dds.nl>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 October 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un couple peu ordinaire See more »

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Wall to Wall Television See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Feature film debut of Rosamund Pike See more »

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Liz Franks: Reggie, I've done wrong. I can't marry you. I should never have agreed. I'm going away, abroad. Almost at once.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: Where are you going?
Liz Franks: Italy.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: Is it some chap you met there?
Liz Franks: No, it's not a chap. Oh, Reggie, darling, you're very sweet but I'm going to leave you. There's no point in saying sorry or anything. I won't even say that I never would have made you happy. But I'm not a nice person.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: Thought we could have children.
Liz Franks: [delicately] Oh, Reggie, darling, I'm 52.
Reggie Conyngham-Jervis: That's extraordinary. You look like a...
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Wonderful
30 May 2002 | by lorenellroySee all my reviews

The pairing of Courtenay and Finney,whose contrasting styles combine so well together,were brilliant in The Dresser,which makes their pairing in this drama so very welcome.They play contrasting men widowed on the same day and paired together by social services.Finney is a womanising ex=Battle of Britain pilot whose wife came from wealthy stock while Courteney is a former milkman.Courteney possesses all the requisite domestic skills while Finney would struggle to boil water without a recipe book. Against all odds and not helped by Finney's habit of assuming command they rub along well together until the arrival of Joanna Lumley a gold-digger who sets her sights on Finney

Beautifully written and impeccably played character study.It illustrates that dumbing down ,while having achieved epidemic proportions on UK television,has not yet conquered all bastions of the box.


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