Play for Today

Season 8 Episode 12

Licking Hitler

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Aired Thursday 9:30 PM Jan 10, 1978 on BBC
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Licking Hitler
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During World War II, a young woman joins the propaganda department and makes radio broadcasts to Germany from a British country house.

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  • A young woman of aristocratic background is confronted with the inequities of the British class system in World War II.

    8.0
    David Hare is a strenuously over-rated playwright and, whatever his success in the theatre, a poor film director. His contempt for television has been often expressed, but it's in TV, not cinema, that he has done his best film-directing work. This play (done entirely on film, which was unusual in the 1970s) has a bit more real substance than usual for Hare, and it's dominated by a performance of savage intensity and bite from Bill Paterson. He plays a man of working-class origins who's come into his own in wartime, using his rage to devise "black propaganda" against the the Nazis. Kate Nelligan is equally fine as the well-educated girl who gradually realises that there are important areas of British life about which she knows nothing.moreless

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