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Perfect Strangers 

Attending a distant family reunion reveals more than was expected.
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Series cast summary:
Michael Gambon ...  Raymond 3 episodes, 2001
Lindsay Duncan ...  Alice 3 episodes, 2001
Matthew Macfadyen ...  Daniel 3 episodes, 2001
Claire Skinner ...  Rebecca 3 episodes, 2001
Toby Stephens ...  Charles 3 episodes, 2001
Jill Baker ...  Esther 3 episodes, 2001
Timothy Spall ...  Irving 3 episodes, 2001
Anton Lesser ...  Stephen 3 episodes, 2001
Michael Culkin ...  Sidney 3 episodes, 2001
Kelly Hunter ...  Poppy 3 episodes, 2001
Kathleen Byron ...  Edith 3 episodes, 2001
Muriel Pavlow ...  Violet 3 episodes, 2001
Sheila Burrell Sheila Burrell ...  Grace 3 episodes, 2001
Peter Howell ...  Ernest 3 episodes, 2001
Tony Maudsley ...  Peter 3 episodes, 2001
Camilla Power ...  Martina 3 episodes, 2001
Marianne Borgo Marianne Borgo ...  Nazik 3 episodes, 2001
Miranda Raison ...  Young Grace 3 episodes, 2001
Jay Simon ...  Lionel Symon 3 episodes, 2001
Daman Malone Daman Malone ...  Waiter #2 3 episodes, 2001
Anita Carey Anita Carey ...  Sibling's Mother 2 episodes, 2001
Orlando Vitorini Orlando Vitorini ...  Mr. Degazi 2 episodes, 2001
Emma Sackville Emma Sackville ...  Young Edith 2 episodes, 2001
Rebecca Tarry Rebecca Tarry ...  Young Violet 2 episodes, 2001
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Attending a distant family reunion reveals more than was expected.

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UK

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English

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10 May 2001 (UK) See more »

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Almost Strangers See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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1.78 : 1
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Raymond: Naturally we're in the broom cupboard.
Daniel: You wanted it that way. You were determined to get put into a small room so you could spend all your time complaining.
Raymond: That's right, absolutely. This is infinitely preferable.
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sublime
29 March 2006 | by hma-fisherSee all my reviews

I am approaching 40, and have a family of my own. I also recall memories from my childhood; family celebrations; weddings; christenings.

One recalls all those people that seemed immortal. One's parents,captured in photographs; cousins whom one has not seen for years. Then in middle age, you meet people to whom you are related. but have not seen for years. You see pictures of those that are no longer with you.

Perfect Strangers is a sublime drama, one which evokes much of the above and so much more. The central performances are touching and evocative. Matthew Mcfadyen is totally convincing as Daniel, and he is well supported by Michael Gambon, Lindsay Duncan, Claire Skinner and Toby Stephens.

Stephen Poliakoff creates a memorable drama, more remarkable in an age of instant TV, reality TV and vapid game shows. Lose yourself in the characters, and the charming, touching story. I dare you not to shed a tear, not to be drawn into the images, the music....in an all to shallow world, this reminds us of what drama can do. Enchanting.


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