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The Chain (1984)

Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.


Jack Gold


Jack Rosenthal (original screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Denis Lawson ... Keith
Rita Wolf ... Carrie
Phyllis Logan ... Alison
David Troughton ... Dudley
Jade Magri Jade Magri ... Tasha
Maurice Denham ... Grandpa
Nigel Hawthorne ... Mr. Thorn
Anna Massey ... Betty
Billie Whitelaw ... Mrs. Andreos
Judy Parfitt ... Deidre
John Rowe ... Alex
Matthew Blakstad Matthew Blakstad ... Mark
Charlotte Long Charlotte Long ... Rosemary
Leo McKern ... Thomas
Herbert Norville Herbert Norville ... Des


Comedy featuring interweaving stories of seven households caught up in a property chain on moving day, each one dependent on the other.

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Release Date:

13 March 1986 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Ein Umzug kommt selten allein See more »


Box Office


£1,125,000 (estimated)
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Color (Kodak Eastmancolor)
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Did You Know?


Screenwriter Jack Rosenthal used the same character name, "Bamber", for the head removal man in this movie and in the television series Moving Story (1994). In both cases, the character was a know-it-all who incessantly impressed, and bored, his colleagues with his prodigious knowledge, hence the nickname "Bamber", a reference to Bamber Gascoigne, the Question Master on University Challenge (1962). See more »


Des's mum hands a cup of tea to Thomas. When seen from behind, he has the cup and saucer resting on his thigh, When viewed from his front, he has the cup at chest height. See more »


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The Chain
Performed by Barbara Dickson
Written and Composed by Barbara Dickson, Jack Rosenthal and Stanley Myers
Published by Filmtrax/B.A.T. Music/Quintet
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A brilliant TV drama, with superb actors
2 August 2004 | by gray4See all my reviews

This is TV drama at its best. The plot is tightly constructed, involving seven linked house moves. Jack Rosenthal's writing is exceptional, blending comedy and pathos in just the right proportions, and the very realistic London settings are an integral part of the drama.

The script is delivered to perfection by a team of top-quality actors, led by Warren Mitchell and Bernard Hill as the linking furniture removers. The introduction suggests an overall 'seven deadly sins' theme, and on reflection that can be picked out. But the stories intertwine and grip the viewer so effectively that broader messages are of little consequence. The recent revival of Rosenthal plays on BBC's arts channel is a reminder of the high quality of TV drama in the 1970s and 1980s, now sadly diminished. And the overall IMDB rating is a complete mystery, given the votes actually cast for The Chain.

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