Play for Today (1970–1984)

Kate the Good Neighbour 

An elderly English spinster lady lives alone, is heartily disliked, and will not accept aid from anyone. She has lived a life of total denial, but preserves her past in the diaries she ... See full summary »

Director:

John Bruce

Writer:

Peter Ransley
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Kempson ... Kate Dawson
John Vine John Vine ... Jimmy
Penny Leatherbarrow Penny Leatherbarrow ... Mrs. Baker
John Price John Price ... Richard Preston
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Druce
Sherrie Hewson ... Young Kate
Larry Dann ... Mr. Turner
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Boy in alley
Mark Monero ... Boy in alley
Edwin Brown ... Mr. Pritchard
Debbie Wheeler Debbie Wheeler ... Waitress
Chuck Julian Chuck Julian ... Greengrocer
Linda Robson Linda Robson ... Ann
Cate Fowler ... Girl in bathroom
Elizabeth Archer Elizabeth Archer ... Nurse in canteen
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An elderly English spinster lady lives alone, is heartily disliked, and will not accept aid from anyone. She has lived a life of total denial, but preserves her past in the diaries she keeps on her shelf, one for each year. We learn that her memories of one particular year continue to haunt her. She picks the journal up from time to time, revisiting the early war years, when she met and came to know the one love of her life, an RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain, and how it ended in pregnancy and ultimately grief. At the end, she learns to adjust to the idea that managed care can indeed bring new ways to deal with life's disappointments. Written by John Clark <johnclark@sbcglobal.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1980 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A masterpiece
6 June 2006 | by curtainup-1See all my reviews

Twenty five years on, and this play/film still sticks in my mind. The BBC's 'Play for Today' series ran for many years, but seldom achieved this level of skill and believability. The wartime flashbacks were expertly done and the performances were superb.

However, the thing which stood out for me was that this was one of the first scripts I ever saw that manages the excellent trick of setting up predictable situations, then veering off in a different direction. Given the general sloppiness of the BBC in preserving it's finer moments, the chances are this wonderful work will never be seen again. What a crying shame.


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