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The Brothers: Loneliness (BBC-1 6 Oct 1974)



It’s all about relationships and the lack of them in Loneliness. Brian is determined to start divorce proceedings against Ann and moves into David and Jill’s old flat (they bring forward the date to move into their new place to help him out) and Ann gets more than a shock when she visits Nicholas Fox only to find his ex-wife there. It turns out though that she is also his agent and that he is currently going through something of a fertile period, he is not at home but has left Ann a portrait he has done of her (this is clearly a risque picture judging by her reaction and that of Brian although we don’t actually see it).

Meanwhile new board member Martin Farrell is getting to know Jennifer a little bit and takes her out to dinner much to the consternation of Ted. In fact the relationship between Ted and Jen is completely stalled following Mary’s heart attack. At this point it looks like they will never actually get together. Bill Riley isn’t left out either as he is having trouble with the drivers now that he has become a member of the board too.

Another solid episode from Mr Pennington although he does have lots of meaty stuff to work with.

classic quote
“I’m taking racing driving lessons, I haven’t the money for new furniture.”


production details
UK / BBC One / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 6 October 1974

Writer: John Pennington / Production Design: Charles Bond / Director: Lennie Mayne

Series: The Brothers Season Four Episode Six

guest cast
MURRAY HAYNE as Martin Farrell
MARJORIE YATES as Virginia Fox
JOHN CANNON as Lorry Driver


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