After a 14 year dry spell, novelist, Barbara Pym (Patricia Routledge) is nominated for a Booker Award in 1977 for her novel "Quartet in Autumn". This short biography follows her the day of ... See full summary »

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James Runcie
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Episode credited cast:
Patricia Routledge ... Barbara Pym
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Dora Caldicote
John Bott ... Bishop Grote
Susan Wooldridge ... Belinda Bede
Ian McNeice ... Vicar of Finstock
Ann Penfold Ann Penfold ... Allegra Gray
Hugh Dickson ... Dr. Simpson
Mary Wimbush ... Mrs. Bone
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Norman Bird ... Man on bus
Avril Elgar Avril Elgar ... Lady on bus
Ann Windsor Ann Windsor ... Miss Lathbury
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After a 14 year dry spell, novelist, Barbara Pym (Patricia Routledge) is nominated for a Booker Award in 1977 for her novel "Quartet in Autumn". This short biography follows her the day of the prize presentation, as she observes people and reminisces about life and love. The prize is awarded to someone else that year, and in 1980 Pym dies of cancer. Written by kwedgwood@hotmail.com

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UK

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English

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19 February 1992 (UK) See more »

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Granada Television See more »
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An interesting sort-of biography
11 September 2019 | by gee-15See all my reviews

This follows the author Barbara Pym (played by Patricia Routledge) as she goes to church, London, her doctor and to the banquet for the Booker prize. It is interspersed with interviews with actual authors discussing her work. In addition, some of the characters from her life are played by themselves. (I think Barbara Pym's sister, Hilary, stars as Miss Pym's sister, Hilary) So the short film is an interesting combination of documentary and fiction.

I initially watched this because I'm a big fan of Patricia Routledge. I had not read any of Pym's books so I found some of the incidents a bit baffling. Thereafter, I read some of her books, rewatched the film, and found that Miss Pym along with the real people in her life also encounters some of her fictional creations as well as observes ordinary people reciting lines from her books. I enjoyed it the second time but it's really a film for Pym fans. If you're unfamiliar with her work, you probably won't get it.


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