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Antonia and Jane (BBC Drama, Imelda Staunton, Saskia Reeves)



In one off drama Antonia and Jane, directed by Beeban Kidron, two thirty something female school friends have an annual reunion on the same day every year. The somewhat dowdy Jane (Imelda Staunton) has always felt in the shadow of the trendier Antonia (Saskia Reeves). Not helped by the fact that Antonia married Jane’s boyfriend.

The drama tracks the pair via the annual dinner they have from the 1960’s to the present day.

The casting was fabulous with appearances from the likes of Bill Nighy, Iain Cuthbertson, Brenda Bruce and agony aunt Claire Rayner.

Cast: Imelda Staunton as Jane Hartman; Saskia Reeves as Antonia McGill; Patricia Leventon as Rosa Gluberman; Alfred Hoffman as Harry Rosenthal; Maria Charles as Sylvia Pinker; John Bennett as Uncle Irwin Carlinsky; Richard Hope as Norman Beer; Lila Kaye as Jane’s Mother; Sheila Allen as Tutor; Trevor Peacock as A.D. Humphries; Peter Wingfield as Taxi Driver; Joe Absolom as Daniel Nash; Ian Redford as Jeremy Woodward; Bonnie Parker as Young Jane; Tania Rodrigues as Policewoman; Claire Rayner as Herself; Michael Ignatieff as Himself; Alfred Marks as Uncle Vladimir Hartman; Allan Corduner as Stephen Carlinsky; Brenda Bruce as Therapist; Bill Nighy as Howard Nash; Iain Cuthbertson as Edgar

Writer: Marcy Kahan / Director: Beeban Kidron

UK / BBC / 77 minutes / 1990