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Table Manners 

A dysfunctional family gathering for the weekend reunites three siblings and significant others in a small country cottage with farcical consequences.

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writer:

Alan Ayckbourn
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Briers ... Reg
Penelope Keith ... Sarah
Tom Conti ... Norman
David Troughton ... Tom
Fiona Walker ... Ruth
Penelope Wilton ... Annie
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Storyline

Three plays by Alan Ayckbourn, interwoven in plot and time, giving different views of the same weekend. The action takes place in the family home, now occupied by Annie. Norman tries to bring a little happiness to his wife, Ruth, his sister-in-law, Annie, and their sister-in-law, Sarah. Written by David Leaver <leaver@netinfo.com.au>

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Penelope Keith is the only member of the cast of the original stage version to appear in the TV version. See more »

Goofs

The play begins on a Saturday at 6PM. But twenty-five minutes later, a clock in the village is heard striking seven. See more »

Quotes

Annie: Oh, nun's knickers!
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Connections

Followed by The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss
from the operetta "Paganini" (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Lehár (1925)
Sung off-stage by Tom Conti
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A unique Trilogy
22 September 2004 | by jgl2003See all my reviews

Three plays not yet available on DVD but you might find a VHS set. The plays ran on consecutive nights in London and on Broadway and could be seen in any order. The idea is a set of characters over a weekend in a country house with each play being the perspective of a single room. Each play broadens the perspective of the viewer who is the only participant who gets to see the whole story. The great cast is all your favorites from BritComs and dramas and they do a spectacular job with defined characters in a static setting. Each performance is a gem. Steer clear if you favor car crashes and slasher antics as this is typical British slice of life comedy. The two tying factors are the unseen Mom upstairs and lover of life Norman. One of my favorites. See it to find out if it is one of yours.


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