The Cherry Orchard (1981)

BBC TV, 1981.  Television version of Trevor Griffiths’ 1977 stage play.  With Judi Dench, Bill Paterson, Anton Lesser.  Directed by Richard Eyre.

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Co-written with Warren Beatty.   Starring Warren Beatty, Diane Keaton, Jack Nicholson.  Directed by Warren Beatty, produced by Paramount Films.  Released 1981.  Winner, Writers’ Guiild of America Best Screenplay Award, 1982.  Nominated for an Oscar for Best Screen Play in the same year.  Winner, Oscar for Best Direction.

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Country (1981)

Full title:  Country: ‘A Tory Story’.   First broadcast on BBC TV in the autumn of 1981.   With James Fox, Wendy Hiller, Leo McKern, Joan Greenwood, Penelope Wilton.  Directed by Richard Eyre, produced by Ann Scott

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Sons and Lovers (1981)

A 6-part adaptation of the novel by D H Lawrence, for BBC TV, first broadcast in 1981.  With Karl Johnson as Paul Morel, Tom Bell as Mr Morel, Eileen Atkins as Mrs Morel.  Directed by Stuart Burge.

“Why Lawrence, Sons and Lovers, now, and in Britain?  There are many answers, big and small, but one will have to suffice.  I chose to do this work because, under all the incipient mysticism of the perception, under the incipient derogation of women, under the increasingly ugly politics, there is, in this Lawrence, and vibrantly so, a powerful and radical celebration of dignity in resistance within working-class culture in industrial class-societies; as well as a dark, tortured cry against the waste of human resources such societies require as part of their logic.  It is no bad thing to be saying when unemployment has reached over three million.”    Trevor Griffiths, 1981

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