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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:01 am    Post subject: Talking Heads. Reply with quote

Tonight at 9 on BBC 1

So looking forward to this.

I said on the Dame Vera tribute thread about her being a National Treasure.

Alan Bennett for my money, is another one.

I love his work.

What a brilliant idea, to remake for these singular times Alan Bennettís magnificent landmark monologues about men and women trapped in pockets of profound loneliness. It works beautifully.

In the funny, sad A Lady of Letters, the first of tonightís double bill, Imelda Staunton is spellbinding as pompous Irene (originally played by Patricia Routledge). Irene likes things to be done properly; when they are not, she writes letters of complaint to everyone from funeral directors to the Queen.

But there are hints of darker obsessions when she becomes preoccupied with the young family across the street.

In a new story, An Ordinary Woman, Sarah Lancashire is heartbreaking as Gwen, a housewife and mum of two who becomes imprisoned by a dangerous passion. Like A Lady of Letters itís an incredibly subtle story of a life unravelling in the most quiet, destructive way.

Episode three is on Thursday, and the entire series is available on BBC iPlayer
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https://www.radiotimes.com/tv-programme/e/mfbrnq/alan-bennetts-talking-heads--s1-e1-a-lady-of-letters/
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:09 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

The only one of the originals I can remember is one with Thora Hird, or am I getting it mixed up with something else?

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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 10:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Here's a list of the original people,Helen. It might jog your memory.

https://www.radiotimes.com/news/2020-06-22/watch-original-talking-heads-alan-bennett-monologue-cast/

(You're right about Thora Hird)

The first one tonight was originally done by the wonderful Patricia Routledge - I can still see her performance in my mind's eye. Looking forward to seeing what Imelda Staunton does with it.
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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 12:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The two Thira Hird monologues aren't being remade as they were written specially for her and she won her BAFTAs for them. Which means we get two new pieces! Should be good.
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becky sharp



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PostPosted: Tue Jun 23, 2020 1:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Pity they didn't think to tag on the two episodes by Thora Hird, unless of course they couldn't.

She didn't get Baftas for them for nothing. Excellent TV.
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PostPosted: Sat Jul 04, 2020 6:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I read in the current Radio Times Feedback page that the reason the Thora Hird ones weren't was because there was/is a temporary ban on over 70s........... Unbelievable isn't it!

Now I wonder if any readers will challenge that? I was incensed when I read it but not sure who on earth to direct my complaint to.

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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 12:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I read in the current Radio Times Feedback page that the reason the Thora Hird ones weren't was because there was/is a temporary ban on over 70s........... Unbelievable isn't it!

While there is a ban on over-70s performing I'm not entirely sure I believe that as these Talking Heads were written last year before the coronavirus situation arose.
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 05, 2020 9:18 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I thought that too Ian.

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