Five centuries ago, a mural was created in a country church in the north of England, and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Reverend Mr.... See full summary »
Wife is cheating her husband and the husband is cheating her back with her lover's girlfriend. The two cheating couples decide to go to a resort but they unintentionally pick the same one. Hilarity ensues.
An ex-newspaper woman who is now a suburban housewife can't resist getting involved in an investigation of the murder of a philandering dentist who had been having affairs with several of her neighbors.
This is a pantomime about two construction workers, who discover that a plank is missing from the floor they are just building. They discover that two children have taken the plank and use ... See full summary »
An ex-soldier suffered some sort of injury to his genitals during World War I. Instead of going back home to the USA, he stays in Paris with several other wounded souls; some have been ... See full summary »
Elderly Kate Blackwell looks back at her family's life beginning with her Scottish father Jamie McGregor's journey to South Africa to make his fortune in diamonds. The family history is ... See full summary »
The life and adventures of the members of The Armed Robbery Squad. Amid numerous security van robberies, bank robberies and gem heists with a lot of car chases, shouting and guns blazing, ... See full summary »
Beautiful and naïve Maggy Lunel arrives in Paris completely broke. She becomes an artist's model and the toast of Paris, attracting the attention of Picasso-like painter Julien Mistral, an ... See full summary »
The extraordinarily fertile mind of Frederic Raphael
Writer Frederic Raphael is wittier than most mortals, and more literate by half. This wonderfully varied slew of seven hour-long screenplays written by him, most of them directed by the illustrious James Cellan Jones, are therefore intriguing and original and satisfying. All of them are about relationships of various kinds, and the way people intermingle and separate, about how they repel and attract, and about honor and integrity and all that is inbetween.
The first episode, "Oxbridge Blues", stars Ian Charleson and Malcolm Stoddard as a sort of Cain and Abel set of brothers -- one brainy, one earthy -- whose lives seem to do a turn-around mid-career, leading to raving jealousies and marital stresses. This episode was BAFTA nominated, and is delicious.
"That Was Tory" is a slightly darker or slightly more twisted tale of frustrations and an unusual link between a woman who has been summarily dumped and her sort-of friend's slightly lonely husband.
"Similar Triangles" coquettishly explores the eroticism of forbidden love. "He'll See You Now" stars Susan Sarandon -- in an award-winning performance -- as a garrulous and nutty stage star, opposite her staid Jewish psychoanalyst, whose patient and quiet demeanor is in stark contrast to her volatile instability.
"The Muse" broaches the tawdry worlds of creative writing, publishing, and literary acclaim, and stars David Suchet as a self-doubting and self-limiting wannabe serious writer, stuck in a rut of churning out snide comic strips and children's books. "Cheap Day" is an odd musing on the dreams and travels and temptations of a suburban wife, caught up in indecision and complacency.
"Sleeps Six" is a meaty venture, starring Ben Kingsley, as a filmmaker whose producer and former film partner, Jeremy Child, threatens to drive him and his wife and everyone around them mad when he arrives on the scene of their vacation villa in France with enough emotional baggage to sink a ship.
My favorite episode is "Oxbridge Blues" for its charm and wit. My second favorite is "Sleeps Six," for its meaty performances and plot. All in all, this series is a testament to Raphael's wonderfully fruitful creativity and gift for plot and dialogue. Intriguing.
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