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Series cast summary:
John Thaw ...  Stanley Duke 4 episodes, 1991
Geraldine James ...  Dr. Trish Collings 4 episodes, 1991
Sheila Gish ...  Nowell Hutchinson 4 episodes, 1991
Penny Downie ...  Susan Duke 4 episodes, 1991
Sian Thomas ...  Lindsey Lucas 4 episodes, 1991
David Lyon David Lyon ...  Dr. Cliff Wainwright 4 episodes, 1991
Alun Armstrong ...  Rufus Hilton 4 episodes, 1991
Samuel West ...  Stephen Duke 4 episodes, 1991
Donald Churchill ...  Harry Coote 4 episodes, 1991
Michael Elphick ...  Bert Hutchinson 4 episodes, 1991
Dafydd Hywel ...  Taff Wyndham 4 episodes, 1991
Michael Aldridge ...  Dr. Alfred Nash 3 episodes, 1991
Doreen Mantle ...  Lady Bailey 3 episodes, 1991
Alison Fiske Alison Fiske ...  Alethea 2 episodes, 1991
Harmage Singh Kalirai ...  Dr. Patel 2 episodes, 1991
Joan Ann Maynard Joan Ann Maynard ...  Sister Wheatley 2 episodes, 1991
Joanna Mays ...  Mrs. Shillibeer 2 episodes, 1991
Ronan Vibert ...  Tom Devenish 2 episodes, 1991
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28 November 1991 (UK) See more »

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(4 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Solid adaptation
10 February 2009 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

This was accused at the time of being too melodramatic and misogynistic, but I think it is a solid John Thaw adaptation. I have all four episodes on DVD, and I like this adaptation a lot. I haven't read the book, but I've heard it has a rather stereotypical view of women.

John Thaw gives a mesmerising performance as Stanley Duke, who discovers that his son has schizophrenia, a spirited performance from Samuel West.He then realises that he has been used by Dr Trish Collings as an experiment for her new book. Collings is played nastily by Geraldine James, who was also in Morse and Kavanagh. Penny Downie does well also as Susan, and Shiela Gish is laugh out loud funny as Stanley's first wife.

And I mustn't forget the men, Michael Elphick and Alun Armstrong were standouts, but Donald Churchill and Michael Aldridge(who died 3 years later) did respectively.

All in all, a funny, moving and quite shocking insight in the life of a schizophrenic's family 9/10 Bethany Cox


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