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Talking Heads (Complete)

Synopsis
Twelve short monologues written by Alan Bennett. 1) A CHIP IN THE SUGAR (dir. Stuart Burge): Alan Bennett as a middle-aged man who lives with his mother, and finds her taking up with an old flame; 2) A CREAM CRACKER UNDER THE SETTEE (dir. Stuart Burge): Thora Hird as an independent old lady who has a fall that decides her future; 3) A LADY OF LETTERS (dir. Giles Foster): Patricia Routledge as a woman who believes in keeping people on their toes, and gets hold of the wrong end of the stick; 4) SOLDIERING ON (dir. Tristram Powell): Stephanie Cole as a stockbroker’s widow who finds life stripping her of most of her assets; 5) BED AMONG THE LENTILS (dir. Alan Bennett): Maggie Smith as a vicar’s wife who finds a vision of God at the local off-licence; 6: HER BIG CHANCE (dir. Giles Foster): Julie Walters as a bit-part actress who lands a role in a video drama set on a yacht, a programme aimed at West German viewers; 7) MISS FOZZARD FINDS HER FEET (dir. Patrick Garland): Patricia Routledge as an elderly woman who finds a new interest with her chiropodist; 8) THE HAND OF GOD (dir. Stuart Burge): Eileen Atkins as Celia, an antiques dealer who becomes excited over her ill neighbours possessions; 9) PLAYING SANDWICHES (dir. Udayan Prasad): David Haig as Wilfred, who cleans in public parks and befriends a child; 10) THE OUTSIDE DOG (dir. Gavin Millar): Julie Walters, who keeps her house very tidy; 11) NIGHTS IN THE GARDENS OF SPAIN (dir. Tristram Powell): Penelope Wilton helps in her neighbour’s garden when he gets in trouble with the police; 12) WAITING FOR THE TELEGRAM (dir. Stuart Burge): Thora Hird as an old woman waiting for her second telegram from the monarch.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Year of production
1988
Notes
Broadcast on BBC1 in 1988.
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Bennett, Alan; performances; television drama; monologues

Credits

Director
Alan Bennett; Giles Foster; Stuart Burge; Tristram Powell
Producer
Innes Lloyd
Writer
Alan Bennett
Cast
Alan Bennett 
Julie Walters 
Maggie Smith 
Patricia Routledge 
Stephanie Cole 
Thora Hird 

Distribution Formats

Type
DVD
Format
Region 2 PAL
Price
£24.99
Availability
Sale
Duration/Size
428 minutes
Year
2008

Sections

Title
Chip in the sugar, A

Title
Cream cracker under the settee, A

Title
Lady of letters, A

Title
Soldiering on

Title
Bed among the lentils

Title
Her big chance

Production Company

Name

BBC Television

Distributor

Name

2 Entertain Video

Email
DVDenquiryline@bbc.com
Web
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Phone
020 7612 3000
Fax
020 7612 3003
Address
BBC Worldwide
33 Foley Street
London
W1W 7TL
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