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Winter’s Tale, A

Synopsis
Special episode in a British sitcom created by Johnnie Mortimer about two feuding ex-business partners and neighbours Simon Peel (Donald Sinden) and Windsor Davies (Olive Smallbridge) broadcast at the end of season 9 (6/9/1989-11/10/1989).
Series
Never the Twain
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
28 Dec 1989 at 20:30 (Channel: ITV)
Duration
210 mins

Credits

Director
Nick Hurran
Producer
Anthony Parker; Johnnie Mortimer
Writer
Vince Powell
Cast
Daniel JohnBilly
Derek DeadmanRingo
Donald SindenSimon Peel
Gordon GostelowTramp
Jasper JacobVicar
Windsor DaviesOliver Smallbridge
Zara NutleyAunt Eleanor

Additional Details

Production type
Sitcoms/Variety
Plays
Winter’s Tale, The
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
A sitcom about next-door neighbours and rivals in the antique market reads like an offshoot of Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale. Peel (Donald Sinden) is divorced from his wife and raises his son David as a single parent. Smallbridge is a widower raising his daughter Lyn. In the opening episode the children reveal that they are having a relationship and intend to marry.
History
Episode 55, Season 9
The comedy series premiered on ITV on September 7, 1981.

Production Company

Name

Thames Television

Notes
See: GL Education (www.gl-education.com/)

Archive

Name

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