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Black comedy set in Soho, London, right after WW2. Half of the fun is seeing a slew of very familiar faces kick up their heels as gay men, lesbians, party-girls, drunks, and drag queens.

Director:

Anthony Page

Writer:

Rodney Ackland (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Judi Dench ... Christine Foskett
Susan Porrett Susan Porrett ... Doris, Christine's sister
Paul Birchard Paul Birchard ... Butch
Sylvia Barter Sylvia Barter ... Julia Shillitoe
Bill Nighy ... Hugh Marriner
Ronald Pickup ... Siegfried Shrager
Francesca Annis ... Elizabeth Collier
Eileen Page Eileen Page ... Mrs. Marriner, Hugh's mother
Gregory Floy Gregory Floy ... Michael Crowley
Charles Gray ... Maurice Hussey
Nathaniel Parker ... Sam Mitchum
Moyra Fraser ... Lettice Willis
William Osborne William Osborne ... Cyril Clatworthy
Susan Brown ... Bill
Betty Marsden Betty Marsden ... R. B. Monody
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Black comedy set in Soho, London, right after WW2. Half of the fun is seeing a slew of very familiar faces kick up their heels as gay men, lesbians, party-girls, drunks, and drag queens.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 1991 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Christine states of her club "We Never Closed". This was the motto of The Windmill Club which stayed open throughout the London Blitz. Judi Dench would play the title role in Mrs Henderson Presents, telling the story of The Windmill Club. See more »

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Featured in Judi Dench talks to Richard Eyre (2002) See more »

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9 November 2014 | by juliabpSee all my reviews

I cannot praise highly enough this sensitively written, brilliantly directed and acted play. The cast is superb, everyone is a star - down to the shortest, simplest parts, the characters are believable and well rounded. Not one dud note in the whole piece.

And what a cast! What a treat to see these treasures all together. The superlative Judi Dench is, as ever, totally her character - the blowsy club proprietor with a heart of gold, generally half-cut and constantly pouring scotch down herself and others. She's the needy, disillusioned pivot for the has-beens, wannabees and seekers of false joy, who dredge comfort from the forced gaiety of her pink-lit ambiance. Bill Nighy is always a treat to watch and gives the goods as a struggling writer; Charles Grey, the OTT gay agent with his camp acolyte is smooth (this is the gracious actor who gave his voice to the ailing Jack Hawkins, who lost his to throat cancer); and Francesca Annis, ever beautiful, hiding her despair under the gloss of sophisticated Devil-may-care. They are just part of a truly star cast in this black comedy of people picking themselves up after the horrors of war. It is never too much; each scene beautifully trimmed.

Accolades to the writer, director, the BBC and the marvellous players. I have watched it over and over again. Did it win an award? It must have done.


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