The Glittering Prizes

Season 1 Episode 3

A Past Life

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Aired Unknown Feb 04, 1976 on BBC
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A Past Life
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Struggling with his writing career after graduating, Adam tries to break into television with the help of Alan Parkes but has a bad experience interviewing a famous Fascist supporter. But his film script wins an Oscar.

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  • Adam tries his hand at interviewing for TV, but comes unstuck when he meets a famous, now-elderly author who supported the Fascists back in the 1930s. He also gets involved - reluctantly, but lucratively - with the movie world.moreless

    7.5
    The laziness of Frederic Raphael's plotting beggars belief at times - here, Adam just happens to meet old friend Alan Parkes, the latter just happens to suggest that Adam should think about joining him in TV, and Adam just happens to mention that he's always wanted to meet a certain controversial pro-fascist author. Next thing you know, he's arranging an interview with the man! This TV lark is so easy - yeah, right. But then Eric Porter appears as the mad, but hair-raisingly clever old Fascist (a character obviously based on Henry Williamson), and the whole episode moves onto an altogether higher plane. Porter's performance is relatively brief, but frighteningly effective - it's a pity that Raphael's indifference to the nuts and bolts of the rest of the episode is so apparent.moreless
Peggy Thorpe-Bates

Peggy Thorpe-Bates

Naomi Taylor

Guest Star

Miriam Margolyes

Miriam Margolyes

Olive Wise

Guest Star

Frank Mills

Frank Mills

Street Speaker

Guest Star

Barbara Kellerman

Barbara Kellerman

Barbara Morris

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John Gregg

John Gregg

Alan Parkes

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Clive Merrison

Clive Merrison

Bill Bourne

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    • The award-winning movie that Adam writes bears an unmistakeable resemblance to "Darling", a 1965 film written by Frederic Raphael which won him an Oscar (and made him, as a result, one of the highest-paid screenwriters in Europe).

    • The character of Stephen Taylor, a famous author and architect whose career declined after his support for Fascism in the 1930s, seems clearly to be inspired by the real-life writer Henry Williamson, the author of the classic wild-life story "Tarka The Otter". Williamson (1895-1977) became a recluse living in a rural area after the war, like this fictitious counterpart, who is said to be the author of a famous wild-life story called "Fenlanders".

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