Drama Going Gently is a downbeat study of two elderly cancer patients suffering in hospital. Over the time, the duo (one of whom is an ex-university lecturer and the other a working class former salesman), who initially don’t like each other, develop a strong respect for one another.
Going Gently is not an easy to watch production by any means, in fact its a pretty depressing look at early 1980’s hospital life for terminal patients. All the leads are superb however, especially Wisdom who shows how well he can do serious.
Dench picked up a BAFTA for her performance as a sympathetic sister. The drama was shown as part of the Playhouse strand.
UK / BBC-1 / 1×70 minute episode / Broadcast 5 June 1981
Writer: Thomas Ellice / Novel: Robert C.S. Downs / Music: George Fenton / Costume Design: Robin Stubbs / Script Editor: Brenda Reid / Production Design: Derek Dodd / Producer: Innes Lloyd / Director: Stephen Frears
Series: Playhouse / Series 8 Episode 28
NORMAN WISDOM as Bernard Flood
JUDI DENCH as Sister Scarli
FULTON MACKAY as Austin Miller
STEPHANIE COLE as Gladys Flood
MARGARET WHITING as Sister marvin
PETER ATTARD as George Flood
RAY HASSETT as Priest
GARRY COOPER, IVAN STEWARD as Orderlies
BILL DEAN, JOHN MULCAHY as Painters
ANNQUEENSBERRY as Iris
EDWARD LYON as Surgeon
CHRISTIAN BURGESS as Resident
ROBERT HICKSON as Doctor
and this just in
Cahill U.S. Marshal (Warner 1973, John Wayne, George Kennedy)
John Wayne plays US Marshal J. D. Cahill, so wrapped up in work he neglects his motherless sons Billy (Clay...
Dakota Incident (Republic 1956, Dale Robertson, Linda Darnell)
Dale Robertson plays bank robber John Banner, who decides to go straight. Pitching up in small town Christian Flats, he...
Invitation to a Gunfighter (UA 1964, Yul Brynner, George Segal)
Richard Wilson’s western Invitation to a Gunfighter stars George Segal as Matt Weaver, returning home to Pecos, New Mexico after...
Reindeer Games (2000, Ben Affleck, Charlize Theron)
In crime thriller Reindeer Games, car thief Rudy Duncan (Ben Affleck) shares his penitentiary cell with Nick (James Frain), a...
Daddy Nostalgia (1990, Dirk Bogarde, Jane Birkin)
Bertrand Tavernier, one of France’s most esteemed filmmakers, directed Dirk Bogarde in his last film role as Tony Russell, an...
George Clarke’s Old House, New Home: Edwardian Family Home airs Thurs 1 Nov on Channel 4
George Clarke returns to help owners of period properties transform them for 21st-century living. He kicks off with an Edwardian...
Ariana Grande at the BBC airs Thurs 1 Nov on BBC-1
BBC Music presents Ariana Grande At The BBC: a world-exclusive entertainment show on BBC One hosted by Davina McCall. The...
The First: Separation Series Premiere Thurs 1 Nov on Channel 4
From Oscar, Emmy, Golden Globe and BAFTA-nominated Beau Willimon (House of Cards, Mary Queen of Scots) comes The First, a...
Holiday (Columbia 1938, Cary Grant, Katharine Hepburn)
Katharine Hepburn and Cary Grant shine in this gentle Gentle Cukor screwball comedy about a wrong marriage halted and the...
Woman’s Face, A (MGM 1941, Joan Crawford, Melvyn Douglas)
George Cukor strays near film noir territory with this intriguing melodrama of a woman disfigured from childhood who carries her...
Fixer, The (1968, Alan Bates, Dirk Bogarde)
In pre-revolutionary Russia, Yakov Bok (Alan Bates), a ‘fixer,’ or handyman, moves to Kiev from the shtetl and is unjustly...