BBC2 Playhouse (1973–1983)
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A Last Visitor for Mr. Hugh Peter 

I saw this on telly. All I can remember is Hugh Peter in prison the night before his execution describing his terror of the hanging, drawing and quartering he will have to endure and his fear of looking like a coward.

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... Mr. Hugh Peter
... John Lilburne
... Holland Park
Richard Bebb ... Stanmore
... Battersea
... Miles
Frank Duncan ... (voice)
... King
Michael Harbour ... John
Iain Armstrong ... Robert
... Governor
... Kidderminster
Michael Burlington ... Camden
Ann Morrish ... Hampstead
Eric Allan ... Acton (as Eric Allen)
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I saw this on telly. All I can remember is Hugh Peter in prison the night before his execution describing his terror of the hanging, drawing and quartering he will have to endure and his fear of looking like a coward.

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30 January 1981 (UK)  »

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Haunting play
18 June 2015 | by See all my reviews

I saw this play when it was performed on television many years ago. It was quite haunting. Hugh Peter contemplates his end at Charing Cross. Mike Leigh used it to ask wider questions of us the audience about the relevant of the English Civil War and I suppose about life itself. It was very moving and unsettling. I would love to see it again.

Hugh Peter was a Minister of Religion in Cromwell's Army. Although he was not involved in the execution of Charles I, he was so closely associated with the Protectorate that he was hanged, drawn and quartered on the site of what is now. Trafalgar Square. He will have to watch his friends being burned and disembowelled before it is his turn. His own fear turns to pity as he watches their terrible ends.

The play is very like the Roy Dotrice one man performance of Aubrey's Brief Lives from the same era. I commend it to you.


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