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After 10 or 11 weeks in the hospital, Marlow has a session with a psychiatrist, Dr. Gibbon, that does not go well. Gibbon believes that the root of Marlow's skin disorder is psychological ... See full summary »

Director:

Jon Amiel

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gambon ... Philip Marlow
Janet Suzman ... Nicola
Patrick Malahide ... Mark Binney / Raymond
Alison Steadman ... Mrs. Marlow
Joanne Whalley ... Nurse Mills
Bill Paterson ... Dr. Gibbon
David Ryall ... Mr. Hall
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Reginald
Leslie French Leslie French ... Mr. Tomkey
Jim Carter ... Mr. Marlow
Ron Cook ... First Mysterious Man
George Rossi ... Second Mysterious Man
Imelda Staunton ... Staff Nurse White
Sharon D. Clarke ... Night Nurse
Simon Chandler ... Dr. Finlay
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After 10 or 11 weeks in the hospital, Marlow has a session with a psychiatrist, Dr. Gibbon, that does not go well. Gibbon believes that the root of Marlow's skin disorder is psychological and that he will not heal until he deals with his inner demons. Marlow recalls events, real or imagined, from his childhood growing up in a coal mining community. His father's singing, his beautiful mother's piano playing and the taunts from classmates. He also recalls encountering his mother in the woods with a man. In his novel, Mark Binney hires Marlow the private detective on the recommendation of his solicitor. He's spent the night with the Russian, Sonia, and now she's nowhere to be seen. He's even been told by the police, who didn't believe him when he said two men were watching his flat, not to disappear. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 November 1986 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Bird Songs at Eventide
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Written by Eric Coates and Richard Rodney Bennett
Performed by Ronnie Ronalde with Robert Farnon and His Orchestra
Whistled by Jim Carter in the pub
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