Drama The Kindness Of Mrs Radcliffe was set in 1938 and followed the puritanical Mrs Radcliffe who spends much of her time interfering in the lives of other people, especially those she considers to be doing wrong.
The play followed a day in her life, especially her dealings in trying to get a 15 year old girl from an orphanage she sees wearing make up and reading a copy of Gone With the Wind into trouble.
The Burlington Arcade was used for Mrs Radcliffe’s shopping expedition as it was had remained unchanged since the Victorian era.
“Dear Lord, help me to understand the treachery and the deceit that I have encountered today.”
UK / ITV – Thames (A Playhouse presentation) / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 19 August 1968 at 8.30pm
Writer: William Marchant / Play: Noel Coward / Design: Fred Pusey / Producer: Leonard White / Director: Bill Bain
PHYLLIS CALVERT as Mrs Radcliffe
ANTHONY NICHOLLS as Stanley Radcliffe
RACHEL GURNEY as Miss Layton
JOAN HICKSON as Matron
FRANCES WHITE as Marjorie
FRANK BORRIE as Cecil
SHEILA KEITH as Matrion
EILEEN WAY as Gypsy Woman
KATHLEEN MICHAEL as Mrs Fearnley
SARAH-JANE GWILLIM as Mildred
RACHEL THOMAS as Mrs Brodie
MIRIAM MANN as Ivy