Fortunes of War

Season 1 Episode 2

January 1940

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Aired Unknown Oct 18, 1987 on BBC
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January 1940
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Commander Sheppey holds a clandestine meeting to organise the destruction of the River Danube. Guy feels guilty about not being on active service and is determined to do something productive. When Guy cancels a lunch arrangement with Harriet, she is worried about his whereabouts. Clarence Lawson happily entertains a lonely Harriet. Concern for Sasha Druker and his family intensifies when they go missing. Harriet takes in a stray cat. When Guy and Harriet spend a weekend in the mountains together, Yakimov is left looking after their flat with tragic consequences. Guy has ambitious plans to stage a production of ‘Troilus and Cressida’ however casting causes some dissent. During the after show celebration, Dobby makes a disturbing announcement. Harriet and Guy encounter an old friend who is in desperate need of their assistance.moreless

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    Ronald Pickup

    Ronald Pickup

    Prince Yakimov

    Guest Star

    James Villiers

    James Villiers

    Professor Inchcape

    Guest Star

    Richard Clifford

    Richard Clifford

    Clarence Lawson

    Guest Star

    Charles Kay

    Charles Kay

    Dobson

    Recurring Role

    Mark Drewry

    Mark Drewry

    Dubedat

    Recurring Role

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (3)

      • When the British are ostracised to the garden at the Palace Bar, they listen to the famous We shall fight on the beaches speech given by Sir Winston Churchill. This was made to the House of Commons of the British Parliament on 4 June 1940.

      • The reason why Guy misses his lunch date with Harriet is because he was at the pictures watching a René Clair film. He saw a film by the French director, producer and writer who was born in Paris in 1898.

      • The production of Troilus and Cressida is interspersed with moving images from World War Two. One clip is of the Nazis parading in the deserted Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Later during the 'after show' party, it is announced that Paris has been occupied by the Nazis. This occurred on 14 June 1940.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • Dubedat contextualises the English poets for his students.
        Dubedat: You only understand English poetry, when you understand that English poets, without exception, have always been over privileged, pampered, myopic, narrow minded, and for the most part, alcoholic and homosexual. Personally, I'd rather listen to a Liverpool docker any day of the week.

      • Harriet thinks rationally.
        Harriet: Don't sit on the cat!
        Lawson:Harriet, there are beggars dying in the snow. They collect their bodies each morning with a horse and cart. And yet you make a fuss, about a cat.
        Harriet:People are dying. Is that an argument in favour of sitting on cats?

      • Harriet expresses doubt about her husband's ability to be a secret service agent
        Harriet:You [Guy] won't do it, will you? You won't go on secret missions to blow up the River Danube? You'd be hopeless. You can't even work a box of matches; you'd blow yourself up.

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    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • When Harriet is going to sleep she says, Good night sweet Prince. She is quoting from Shakespeare's Hamlet. Horatio says the lines in Act 5, Scene 2 following the death of Hamlet.

      • Harriet says to Guy, Have I not hands, organs,senses passions? She is alluding to a speech made by Shylock in Shakespeare's Merchant of Venice in Act 3 Scene 1.

      • As Guy tries to rouse the courage of his performers, he says, 'Stiffen the sinews, conjure up the blood.' It is taken from Shakespeare's Henry the Fifth, Act 3 Scene 1.

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