As the date for the book launch gets closer, Lionel becomes more and more pessimistic about the popularity his book will generate. He begins to question Alistair's constant enthusiasm for ... See full summary »

Director:

Sydney Lotterby

Writers:

Bob Larbey (by), Colin Bostock-Smith (original idea) (as Colin Bostock Smith)

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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Judi Dench ... Jean Pargetter
Geoffrey Palmer ... Lionel Hardcastle
Moira Brooker ... Judith Hanson
Philip Bretherton ... Alistair Deacon
Jenny Funnell ... Sandy
Dennis Ramsden Dennis Ramsden ... Suit Salesman
Arthur Whybrow Arthur Whybrow ... Homeless Man
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Storyline

As the date for the book launch gets closer, Lionel becomes more and more pessimistic about the popularity his book will generate. He begins to question Alistair's constant enthusiasm for his novel and wonders why anyone would put so much effort into a book that will never be a best seller. Written by Nadia Nassar

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Genres:

Comedy | Romance

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 1993 (UK) See more »

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[first lines]
[Lionel can be heard grunting in the change cubicle]
Jean: He's not fighting someone in there, is he?
Suit Salesman: I'll inquire. Ahem. Is Sir all right in there?
Lionel: No, Sir is not all right in here. Sir is hot, and sick and tired of getting in and out of suits, and taking his shoes off and putting them back on again. In fact Sir is becoming claustrophobic and completely brassed off.
Suit Salesman: Well, that was an outburst.
Jean: Railing.
Suit Salesman: I beg your pardon?
Jean: Railing. He does that sometimes.
Suit Salesman: About trying on suits?
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