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Late Call (1975– )

TV Mini-series | 54 min

Angus Wilson (1913-1991) wrote his novel "Late Call" in 1964, and 20 years later, Anthony Burgess ranked it as one of the 99 best novels written since 1939. This led to its inclusion in the rec.arts.books compilation list of the 425 "...See moreAngus Wilson (1913-1991) wrote his novel "Late Call" in 1964, and 20 years later, Anthony Burgess ranked it as one of the 99 best novels written since 1939. This led to its inclusion in the rec.arts.books compilation list of the 425 "Greatest Books of All Time." The central character is the elderly Sylvia Calvert, and Wilson wanted to "find a way of suggesting the absurd and the compassionate at the same time in Sylvia's story," and with her son, "the sudden, incidental and completely horrible in the deadly respectable world." Adapting Wilson's novel into four episodes (each approximately 50 minutes in length), Dennis Potter expanded Wilson's prologue ("The Hot Summer of 1911") into the drama's centerpiece, intercutting between past and present as he probed spiritual desolation in the English Midlands. Retiring from a lifetime of hotel domestic service, Sylvia Calvert arrives with her husband Arthur to live with their overly fastidious son in the New Town of Carshall, where they attempt to adjust to the lifestyle of his family. Amid the alienation and the passivity of the dull and deadening retirement, Sylvia escapes into her repressed memories, looking back at the year 1911 and reflecting on the psychological wound of a long-ago incident from her childhood. Written by Bhob Stewart See less
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Mar 1, 1975 (United Kingdom)

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Dandy Nichols
Sylvia Calvert Sylvia Calvert   See fewer
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Michael Bryant
Howard Calvert Howard Calvert   See fewer
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Leslie Dwyer
Arthur Calvert Arthur Calvert   See fewer
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Timothy Morand
Ray Calvert Ray Calvert   See fewer
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Nigel Crewe
Mark Calvert Mark Calvert   See fewer
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Rosalyn Elvin
Judy Calvert Judy Calvert   See fewer
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Danielle Carson
Young Sylvia Calvert Young Sylvia Calvert   See fewer
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Sarah Sutton
Myra Longmore Myra Longmore   See fewer
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Rosemarie Dunham
Muriel Bartley Muriel Bartley   See fewer
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Fanny Carby
Lorna Milton Lorna Milton   See fewer
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Geoffrey Adams
Chris Milton Chris Milton   See fewer
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Nicholas McArdle
Geoff Bartley Geoff Bartley   See fewer
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Diana King
Sally Bulmer Sally Bulmer   See fewer
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Alison Dowling
Mandy Egan Mandy Egan   See fewer
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Gail Grainger
Helena / Priscilla White Helena / Priscilla White   See fewer
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Elizabeth Chambers
Mrs. Longmore Mrs. Longmore   See fewer
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Mary Chester
Sylvia's Mother Sylvia's Mother   See fewer
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Hugh Sullivan
Wilf Corney Wilf Corney   See fewer
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Nigel Winder
Cliff / Terry Knowles Cliff / Terry Knowles   See fewer
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Raymond Mason
Jock Parsons Jock Parsons   See fewer
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Kathryn Leigh Scott
Shirley Egan Shirley Egan   See fewer
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Philip Bond
Timbo Egan Timbo Egan   See fewer
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John Dawson
Mr. Martineau Mr. Martineau   See fewer
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Anne Blake
Mrs. Amherst Mrs. Amherst   See fewer
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Arthur Lovegrove
Furniture Man Furniture Man   See fewer
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Frank Jarvis
Furniture Man Furniture Man   See fewer
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Edward Brooks
Farmer Farmer   See fewer
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Peter Vaughan-Clarke
Farmer's Boy Farmer's Boy   See fewer
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John Cater
Herbert Raven Herbert Raven   See fewer
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James Appleby
Jack Cranston Jack Cranston   See fewer
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Shirley Cain
Renee Cranston Renee Cranston   See fewer
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Hilary Minster
Dr. Piggott Dr. Piggott   See fewer
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Maxine Casson
Caroline Ogilvie Caroline Ogilvie   See fewer
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Jean Anderson
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7.4 / 10 | 17 votes