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Season 12 Episode 1

The Picture of Dorian Gray

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Aired Sunday 8:15 PM Sep 19, 1976 on BBC
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The Picture of Dorian Gray
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A sinister young man seems to never grow older while his hidden portrait reflects his true age and his decadence.

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  • A dramatisation by John Osborne of Oscar Wilde's sensational novel of the 1890s, about a man who stays looking young whilst a painting of him keeps changing (for the worse).

    6.5
    Dorian Gray is an almost impossible part for an actor to play - Hurd Hatfield managed it best in the 1945 film by presenting us with a kind of living waxwork. In this lavish, but very disappointing, TV version (by way of John Osborne's stage adaptation, which was also unsuccessful), Peter Firth plays Dorian, and he's all wrong. Boyish instead of handsome, petulant instead of cruel, blank instead of enigmatic, this Dorian is very dull. The horror element is, bafflingly, almost ignored so that Osborne can concentrate on attacking "decadence" - he really seems to disapprove of Wilde. Even the wit and the aphorisms get short shrift. John Gielgud, for all his great skill, is badly miscast and thirty years too old for his role. Only Judi Bowker, as the innocent Dorian destroys, is really effective.moreless
Nicholas Clay

Nicholas Clay

Alan Campbell

Guest Star

Paul Greenhalgh

Paul Greenhalgh

Francis

Guest Star

Reginald Barratt

Reginald Barratt

Mr. Hubbard

Guest Star

Jeremy Brett

Jeremy Brett

Basil Hallward

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John Gielgud

John Gielgud

Lord Henry Wotton

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