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An Inspector Calls (2015)

A mysterious Inspector investigates the wealthy Birling family and their dinner guests following the suicide of a young woman.


Aisling Walsh


J.B. Priestley (based on the play by), Helen Edmundson (adapted by)
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Complete credited cast:
David Thewlis ... The Inspector
Lucy Chappell ... Edna
Miranda Richardson ... Sybil Birling
Ken Stott ... Arthur Birling
Finn Cole ... Eric Birling
Chloe Pirrie ... Sheila Birling
Sophie Rundle ... Eva Smith
Kyle Soller ... Gerald Croft
Flora Nicholson ... Miss Francis
Gary Davis ... Alderman Meggarty
Wanda Opalinska ... Charity Lady


In 1912 pompous industrialist Arthur Birling, who has hopes of a knighthood, his superior wife Sybil and young son Eric are celebrating the engagement of daughter Sheila to eligible Gerald Croft when they are visited by blunt Inspector Goole. He tells them of the suicide of a young woman named Eva Smith and though they all claim not to have known her the inspector demonstrates that each in their own way contributed to her downfall, by having her dismissed from work or, in the young men's cases, having sexual relationships and then abandoning her. After Goole has left the youngsters feel ashamed and the engagement is halted but Arthur Birling, doubting the inspector's authority, rings the local police station. This is the prelude to a double shock which will lead to the family's humiliation and ruin. Written by don @ minifie-1

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First aired on BBC One in the United Kingdom on 13th September 2015. See more »


The dead woman is shown in a flashback having her photograph taken, and the view through the camera view finder shows the image the right way up. However, the scene is set in 1912 and in those days the view through the view finder was always upside down. See more »


[first lines]
Man: Do you believe in God?
Woman: Yes.
Man: How can you?
Woman: I can't believe in people. I have to believe in something, or I'd fall - fall down through the cracks. Never stop falling.
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A masterpiece of cinematography, acting and a truly brilliant story
22 September 2019 | by dagallopSee all my reviews

Initially I thought this would be a Christie type thriller, honestly, from the brief synopsis of this piece of dramatic brilliance you would be forgiven for watching under that pretense, but this so far beyond that.

The acting is so good that, while many of the cast have seen some notoriety at various levels in the past, each and every one deserves awards for this. The sets are simple, limited and ample for the story, the flow is perfect the mood is defined to absolute perfection.

The BBC can deliver drama better than any other studio. This is one that I personally would place head and shoulders above anything I have seen out of the BBC before. It is a masterpiece drama.

Without giving anything away, as I highly recommend this, the sting in the tale is delivered so well that you are left wondering what you would have done under the circumstances.

Set a moment aside, take the time to listen and watch with great care, don't miss a moment or a word, it is worth it.

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13 September 2015 (UK) See more »

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Yorkshire, England, UK See more »

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