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In 1945, the Carlions assemble at an English country house for a family gathering. During the event, they must determine who is to take over the family brewing empire, since the present ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writer:

Trevor Griffiths (play)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Leo McKern ... Sir Frederick Carlion
James Fox ... Philip Carlion
Wendy Hiller ... Lady Carlion
Penelope Wilton ... Virginia Carlion
Jill Bennett ... Alice Carlion
Deborah Norton ... Faith
Joan Greenwood ... Dollie van der Biek
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Sir Piers Blair
Tim Seely Tim Seely ... Andrew Oliphant, Father
Frederick Alexander Frederick Alexander ... Andrew Oliphant, Son (as Piers Flint-Shipman)
Frederick Treves ... Matthew Harcourt
Eliza Buckingham Eliza Buckingham ... Margaret Harcourt
Edward Rawle-Hicks Edward Rawle-Hicks ... Teddie Harcourt (as Edward Hicks)
Tamzin Neville Tamzin Neville ... Elizabeth Harcourt
Richard Durden ... Guy Wheldon
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Storyline

In 1945, the Carlions assemble at an English country house for a family gathering. During the event, they must determine who is to take over the family brewing empire, since the present head of the business, Sir Frederick, is getting old. The results of the 1945 general election causes a major stir, and some angry farmers occupy a barn. Written by Anonymous

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1981 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Box Office

Budget:

£400,000 (estimated)
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in July 1945. See more »

Quotes

Philip Carlion: It may not entirely have slipped your notice, gentlemen, that today - Thursday 26th of July - the people of this country have declared war on us. This whole discussion may already be obsolete. Before the year's out, we may all be living in the West Indies on such capital as we've been able to muster from the expropriation of our resources that the socialists have been elected to effect. The ship is sinking, gentlemen. That's water round your ankles.
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