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    Choice of Coward (A): The Complete Series




    “Would you care for a drink?”
    “Passionately.”

    For four weeks in 1964, ITV’s prestigious Play of the Week slot was given over to a short series of plays by one of the most popular and beloved playwrights of the 20th century, Nöel Coward. Each play featured a short introduction from Coward himself.

    The plays presented here are amongst the finest he wrote and feature an exceptional cast that includes Peter Wyngarde, James Bolam, Barbara Murray, Hattie Jacques and Philip Bond. All plays are produced and directed by the legendary Joan Kemp-Welch - one of the first women television directors, her name was a byword for quality, her body of work stretching from Shakespeare to Pinter, from ambitious Passion Plays to Oscar Wilde.

    Present Laughter
    Garry Essendine’s little indiscretions cause more than a slight upheaval in his household - particularly when = everyone decides they are going to Africa with him.

    Blithe Spirit
    Holding a séance seems like a terrific lark, but for Charles Condomine it’s something a bit more than that when the ghost of his first wife turns up to haunt him.

    The Vortex
    Florence Lancaster is a neurotic woman still living in the past. She was a great beauty - and now finds pleasure in attracting younger men.

    Design for Living
    Gilda, Otto and Leo carry on a complicated three-way relationship. Entangled with first Otto and then Leo, Gilda finally marries Ernest - but cannot dismiss “the two” from her mind.

     

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    • Catalogue Number : 7952793
    • Available Since : 29/10/2009
    • Classification TBC
    • Number of Discs 2
    • Picture 1.33:1 / Black and White
    • Sound Mono / English
    • Subtitles None
    • Region 2 / PAL
    • Time 290 mins approx
    • Short Name Choice Coward
    Grade 
    Richard W
    01/15/2014

    A Choice of Coward

    A wonderful piece of TV nostalgia as broadcast by Granada TV in August 1964. Very unusually for a 1964 programme, the original 405 line b/w video tapes still exist, so we are able to watch these four plays in the same crisp clear quality as originally broadcast. Each of these four studio based plays is introduced by Noel Coward. The stellar cast includes Peter Wyngarde, Hattie Jacques, James Bollam and Barbara Murray. Well done to Network for releasing this archive gem.

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    Choice of Coward (A): The Complete Series

    Choice of Coward (A): The Complete Series

    “Would you care for a drink?”“Passionately.”For four weeks in 1964, ITV’s prestigious Play of the Week slot was given over to a short series of plays by one of the most popular and beloved playwrights of the 20th

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