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The Millionairess 

Epifania is the richest woman in England. She's also strong-willed, highly intelligent, fiercely determined and an expert at Judo, which makes her hard to live with. She's also married, but... See full summary »

Director:

William Slater

Writer:

George Bernard Shaw (play) (as Bernard Shaw)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Maggie Smith ... Epifania
Peter Barkworth ... Julius Sagamore
James Villiers ... Alastair Fitzfassenden
Charles Gray ... Adrian Blenderbland
Priscilla Morgan ... Patricia Smith
Tom Baker ... Egyptian Doctor
Donald Pickering ... Hotel Manager
John Garrie ... The Man
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... The Woman

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Epifania is the richest woman in England. She's also strong-willed, highly intelligent, fiercely determined and an expert at Judo, which makes her hard to live with. She's also married, but her husband is now in love with another woman. She's also seeing another man socially, but he seems to be more interested in his food than her. Will or can this poor little rich girl ever find true happiness? A chance meeting with an Egyptian doctor may prove interesting... Written by Tony Scheinman

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This production was significant in winning Tom Baker the role of the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who (1963). Having worked with him on this, the director, William Slater, later recommended him to Doctor Who (1963) producer Barry Letts as a suitable replacement for Jon Pertwee. See more »

Quotes

Epifania: [Julius Sagamore has just given her a prescription for poison so that she can commit suicide] You seem tro take my death rather cooly, Mr. Sagamore.
Julius Sagamore: I'm used to it.
Epifania: You mean to say you have so many clients driven to despair that you keep a precription for them?
Julius Sagamore: I do. It's infallible.
Epifania: And you're sure they've all died painlessly and instantaneously?
Julius Sagamore: No, they're all alive.
Epifania: Alive! The prescription's a harmless fraud!
Julius Sagamore: No, it's a deadly poison but they don't take it.
Epifania: Why?
Julius Sagamore: I don't know, but they never ...
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She is the meanest person in England. Epifania: That is why I also am the richest.
18 December 2018 | by SylviastelSee all my reviews

Dame Maggie Smith was terrific in this television adaptation of George Bernard Shaw's play, "The Millionairess." She is a true scene stealer. The filmed version of the play is somewhat dated with time although most audiences don't have the patience like they used too. Shaw delivered some witty lines for Smith's Epifania, the richest woman in England. Smith does a terrific job in making you feel sorry for her too at point. If you need a taste of Shaw, this version is one of the better BBC versions that aired on television in the seventies and eighties.


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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 1972 (UK) See more »

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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