Talking to a Stranger


Talking to a Stranger

"Talking to a Stranger" is a British television drama, produced by the BBC and made up of four separate plays telling the story of one weekend from the viewpoints of four different members of the same family. Originally transmitted on BBC2 as part of the "Theatre 625" anthology strand, the four instalments were shown weekly from 2 October to 23 October 1966.cite web |url=http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/499298/index.html|title= British Film Institute ScreenOnline site] The first three plays ran 96 minutes and the final play 102 minutes.cite web |url=http://www.guardian.co.uk/g2/story/0,,1765037,00.html|title= Guardian, 1st May 2006] "The Observer" TV critic George Melly called it "the first authentic masterpiece written directly for television"cite web |url=http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/cinema/features/talking-to-stranger.shtml|title= BBC Film & Drama website] and claimed that "on the evidence of this work alone, the medium can be considered to have come of age."

The four episodes were individually subtitled "Anytime You're Ready I'll Sparkle", "No Skill or Special Knowledge is Required", "Gladly, My Cross-Eyed Bear" and "The Innocent Must Suffer". They were respectively the stories of the daughter, Terry; the father, Ted; the son, Alan and the mother, Sarah. The role of the daughter Terry provided a major early breakthrough for Judi Dench in one of her first starring roles on television; she won the 1967 British Academy Television Award for Best Actress for her performance. The other leads were played by Maurice Denham, Margery Mason and Michael Bryant.

"Talking to a Stranger" was written by John Hopkins, directed by Christopher Morahan and produced by Michael Bakewell. Frequently hailed by critics as one of the most important and affecting television dramas of the 1960s, in a 2000 poll of industry professionals conducted by the British Film Institute to determine the 100 Greatest British Television Programmes of the 20th century, it was placed seventy-eighth. [cite web |url=http://www.bfi.org.uk/features/tv/100/list/prog.php?id=78|title= BFI TV 100 site] It was repeated as part of BBC2's twenty-fifth anniversary celebrations in 1989, allegedly because writer Alan Bleasdale refused to allow his 1982 drama "Boys from the Blackstuff" to be re-shown unless "Talking to a Stranger" also featured as part of the celebratory season. It was screened again by the BBC in 2003, this time on the digital channel BBC Four.

According to Hopkins, he was seven months late delivering the original scripts and, when he was commissioned by the BBC, all he had in his head was the final line of the final play: "Somebody hold me."

"Talking to a Stranger" was remade twice, for Belgian television in 1969 and for Canadian television in 1971. The Belgian version, "Praten tegen een vreemde", was adapted by Pieter De Prins and directed by Lode Hendrickx. The Canadian version, produced by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, was adapted by Doris Gauntlett and starred Budd Knapp (the father), Douglas Rain (Alan), Martha Henry (Terry) and Norma Renault (the mother). [cite web |url=http://movies.nytimes.com/movie/270396/Talking-to-a-Stranger/overview|title= New York Times' Movies online]

References

External links

* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0060031/ Internet Movie Database entry]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Talking To Adam — is a novel written by Sarah Ell, an author from New Zealand. It was published by Scholastic in New Zealand in 2005.It is about a sixteen year old New Zealander named Katherine Katie Wallace, who finds out that she has Hodgkin s disease. The novel …   Wikipedia

  • Stranger Than Fiction (compilation album) — Stranger Than Fiction is an album by various performers, most of whom are professional writers and amateur singers, released in 1998 on Kathi Kamen Goldmark s Don t Quit Your Day Job Records. This album is an offshoot of the Rock Bottom… …   Wikipedia

  • Stranger (Myst) — The Stranger is how the player character of the Myst series of games is known in Myst canon. When they created Myst and Riven, Cyan s intent was for players to feel as though they were themselves there, exploring strange worlds and gleaning… …   Wikipedia

  • Stranger in a Strange Land (song) — For other songs with the same title, see Stranger in a Strange Land (disambiguation). Stranger in a Strange Land Single by Iron Maiden …   Wikipedia

  • Stranger than Fiction (film) — Infobox Film name = Stranger than Fiction. image size = caption = Theatrical film poster director = Marc Forster producer = Lindsay Doran writer = Zach Helm narrator = starring = Will Ferrell Maggie Gyllenhaal Dustin Hoffman Emma Thompson Queen… …   Wikipedia

  • Stranger in a Strange World — Infobox Television episode Title= Stranger in a Strange World Series= Season=4 Episode=405 Airdate=October 27, 1997 Production= Writer=Paul Robert Coyle Director=Michael Levine Guests=Kevin Smith (Ares) Alexandra Tydings (Aphrodite) Lucy Lawless… …   Wikipedia

  • talking —    A sudden lull in the conversation is not random, some believe, but usually occurs at twenty minutes past or to the hour, and is occasioned by angels passing by. Opie and Tatem give several references to this idea, starting with one from Wales… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • stranger danger — /ˈstreɪndʒə deɪndʒə/ (say straynjuh daynjuh) noun the danger that lies in talking to strangers, an awareness of which is inculcated into small children …   Australian English dictionary

  • Time Stranger Kyoko — Infobox animanga/Header name = Time Stranger Kyoko caption = Cover of Japanese volume 1 ja name = 時空異邦人KYOKO ja name trans = genre = Magical girl, RomanceInfobox animanga/Manga title = author = Arina Tanemura publisher = flagicon|Japan Shueisha… …   Wikipedia

  • The Stranger (novel) — The Stranger   1st US version …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.