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Rude Awakening 

A real estate broker finds himself having dreams that seem to be incredibly real. They are so real, in fact, that he begins to wonder which is the dream and which is reality.




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Episode complete credited cast:
Eleanor Summerfield ...
Lady Strudwick
Dr. Melbury
Patricia Mort ...


The real state agent Norman Shenley hates his old wife Emily Shenley and wants to divorce her to marry his secretary Lolly. When a new client wants to sell an old and isolated mansion, Norman begins to have odd nightmares, and he becomes confused between reality and dream. When Norman awakes, a surprise waits for him. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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27 September 1980 (UK)  »

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In the dream where Lolly is dressed up in shocking (no pun intended) pink, Lucy Gutteridge is wearing her wedding ring when Norman and Lolly inspect the block of flats, but not in the previous scene when they are in the office. Nor in any other scene in the programme. See more »


Emily Shenley: You see? You do need to see the doctor.
Norman Shenley: All right, but I also need a divorce!
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Lolly is a Punk Rocker
28 September 2015 | by See all my reviews

Don't be put off by the pre-credits teaser, while it's bonkers and random it's just a look ahead to what you'll see as this episode unfolds - it's just a bit more intimidating that other teasers in the Hammer TV series range but believe me this gets a lot easier to watch and follow.

Denholm Elliot ("Raiders of the Lost Arc") plays Norman Shenley, an estate agent who is having weird nightmares which feature his wife (Pat Hayward) his sexy secretary Lolly (Lucy Gutteridge), and the mysterious Mr Raburn (James Laurenson). It all started when Mr Raburn turned up to sell an estate which he'd acquired, and culminates with insanity and murder. This is a typical Hammer feature and contains suspense, thrills, humour, and a touch of wobbly horror. Definitely worth a watch, if not only for Lolly's various disguises alone. Will Shenley be able to figure out what's real and what's part of his nightmare?

Six out of ten, harmless and fun.

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