Choice of Coward (A): The Complete Series

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“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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Reference
7952793
Year
1964
Director
Joan Kemp-Welch
Actor
Jill Bennett
Media
TV
Format
DVD
Label
Network
Genre
Drama
Barcode
5027626279349
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

Reference
7952793
Year
1964
Director
Joan Kemp-Welch
Actor
Jill Bennett
Media
TV
Format
DVD
Label
Network
Genre
Drama
Barcode
5027626279349
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