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When Denis Midgley's father is rushed to hospital, Midgley drops everything to be by his side. They've never really got on, so Midgley wants to be sure he's there if his father ever regains... See full summary »

Director:

Gavin Millar

Writer:

Alan Bennett

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Alan Bennett ... Denis Midgley
Helen Fraser Helen Fraser ... Joyce Midgley
David Major David Major ... Colin Midgley
Frank Crompton Frank Crompton ... Frank Midgley (Old)
Alison Lloyd ... Denis's Mother
Jeanne Doree Jeanne Doree ... Joyce's Mother
Anthony Addams Anthony Addams ... Frank Midgley (Young)
Kirk Wild Kirk Wild ... Denis as a Boy
Thora Hird ... Aunty Kitty
Julie Walters ... Valery (Night Nurse)
Elizabeth Spriggs ... Alice Duckworth
Joan Sanderson ... Miss Tunstall
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ... Uncle Ernest
Derek Fowlds ... Hartley
Madge Hindle Madge Hindle ... Jean
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Storyline

When Denis Midgley's father is rushed to hospital, Midgley drops everything to be by his side. They've never really got on, so Midgley wants to be sure he's there if his father ever regains consciousness. As he hates his job as a schoolteacher, and his home-life with his wife, her senile mother and their insolent teenage son, he has no qualms about lingering around the hospital. But as days turn into weeks, his father obstinately refuses to 'slip away', and Denis' motivation for staying by his father's bedside has more and more to do with Valery, a young nurse. Written by Peter Brynmor Roberts

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama

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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 November 1982 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

While writing the script, Alan Bennett also wrote a short story "Father! Father! Burning Bright", using the same material. This was published in 1999. See more »

Quotes

[Denis's father has been rushed into hospital and is not expected to live. Denis discusses him with his father's sister]
Denis Midgley: What was my dad like?
Aunty Kitty: He never had a wrong word for anybody. He'd do anybody a good turn. Shovel the snow, fetch the coal in. He was a *saint*.
[pause]
Aunty Kitty: You take after your mother, more.
[Denis looks dismayed that he has not inherited his father's saintly qualities]
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