Play of the Month

Season 5 Episode 6

Separate Tables

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Aired Sunday 8:15 PM Mar 15, 1970 on BBC
8.0
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Separate Tables
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The stories of several residents of a seaside hotel that features dining at "separate tables."

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  • Two interlinked stories in the same setting, a genteel seaside hotel slightly past its best days.

    8.0
    Although the defects of Terence Rattigan's play are made very obvious in television close-up, this is a very professional production. Two one-act plays in the same setting, the idea is that the same two stars should play the very different leading roles in each, whilst the other actors appear in both in the same roles. The movie version (1958) simply ignored this notion, presenting David Niven and Deborah Kerr in one story and Burt Lancaster and Rita Hayworth in the other. This was the best solution for a more realistic and complex medium, and maybe this BBC production should have done the same. Eric Porter and Geraldine McEwen demonstrate admirable versatility, but it still seems rather a stunt, especially when the characters are required to walk past each other. Still, it's expertly done, better than the other TV version directed by John Schlesinger for ITV in the 1980s.moreless

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