Choice of Coward (A): The Complete Series
“Would you care for a drink?”
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.
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.
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.
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.