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Marlow recalls the last days of World War II and a train journey with his mother when they visited her family. He again recalls his mother going into the woods and having sex with a man ... See full summary »

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Jon Amiel

Writer:

Dennis Potter
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Gambon ... Philip Marlow
Janet Suzman ... Nicola
Patrick Malahide ... Mark Binney / Raymond
Alison Steadman ... Mrs. Marlow / Lili
Joanne Whalley ... Nurse Mills
Bill Paterson ... Dr. Gibbon
David Ryall ... Mr. Hall
Gerard Horan Gerard Horan ... Reginald
Leslie French Leslie French ... Mr. Tomkey
Jim Carter ... Mr. Marlow
Ron Cook ... First Mysterious Man
George Rossi ... Second Mysterious Man
Imelda Staunton ... Staff Nurse White
Wally Thomas ... Grandad Baxter
Lyndon Davies Lyndon Davies ... Philip (aged 10)
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Marlow recalls the last days of World War II and a train journey with his mother when they visited her family. He again recalls his mother going into the woods and having sex with a man they know, Raymond. When soldiers on the train try to get friendly with her, he lashes out. At the hospital, he has another session with the psychiatrist, Dr. Gibbon, who questions if Marlow really wants to get better. His condition is slightly improved however and he's now able to light his own cigarette. In his re-imagined novel, Marlow and Mark Binney have a row after the investigator questions his source of income. Binney pays him off and tells him to take a hike. When a woman who wants to speak to him urgently is shot, he learns that the sleazy nightclub Binney visited is a front for something sinister. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1986 (UK) See more »

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I Just Called Broadway Sue
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Sung by the Soldiers on the Train
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