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Room at the Top 

An adaption of John Braine's novel.




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Series cast summary:
Matthew McNulty ...  Joe Lampton 2 episodes, 2012
Maxine Peake ...  Alice Aisgill 2 episodes, 2012
Jenna Coleman ...  Susan Brown 2 episodes, 2012
Tom Brooke ...  Charles 2 episodes, 2012
Julia Ford ...  Mrs. Thompson 2 episodes, 2012
Peter Wight ...  Mr. Hoylake 2 episodes, 2012
Kevin Doyle ...  Mr. Thompson 2 episodes, 2012
Lauren Crace ...  Joan 2 episodes, 2012
Kate O'Flynn ...  Beryl 2 episodes, 2012
Zoe Telford ...  Eva Storr 2 episodes, 2012
Paul Tomblin Paul Tomblin ...  Ray 2 episodes, 2012
Theo James ...  Jack Wales 2 episodes, 2012
Paul Hilton Paul Hilton ...  Bob Storr 2 episodes, 2012
Kevin McNally ...  Mr. Brown 2 episodes, 2012


An adaption of John Braine's novel.

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26 September 2012 (UK) See more »

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Transmission was scheduled for 7 and 14 April 2011, but the programme was withdrawn with a few days' notice, despite extensive publicity of trailers and articles in listings magazines, because of a copyright claim by a third party that they had signed an exclusive option on the novel. The copyright issue was then resolved in May 2012 and the films scheduled for transmission on BBC4 in late September 2012. See more »


Remake of Room at the Top (1959) See more »

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Compelling period drama
29 December 2012 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ROOM AT THE TOP, a two-part adaption of John Braine's '50s-set class-based novel, is a splendid example of what the BBC can do when they put their mind to it: that is, the creation of authentic, heartfelt and beautifully realised drama. No surprise, then, that it was hidden away on the schedules (like THE HOUR), banished to a lesser channel while the lunkheaded flagship shows (DOCTOR WHO, anyone?) are given all the money/attention.

Ostensibly, this drama is about a working class young man who struggles to make his mark in society, but in fact it's all about sex. The film concentrates on his relationships with various women, and a love triangle occupies much of the running time. Maxine Peake is the real revelation here, giving a performance so searingly honest that it seethes with a raw power. Jenna-Louise Coleman (TITANIC) doesn't get the opportunity to be more more than an ideal, and Matthew McNulty's lead character actually turns out to be a bit of a bastard, but it's Peake who makes this production shine.

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