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No Man’s Land (ITV 1978, John Gielgud, Ralph Richardson)



In Harold Pinter play No Man’s Land a famous writer and a poet discover they have something in common. The production offers up a fabulous chance to see two thespian giants on screen together and the plot itself is typical Pinter meets Dennis Potter, the grubby Spooner is invited into the home of the eccentric writer Hirst who is watched over by a pair of tough bodyguards.

The TV Times of the week had a nice two page feature on the production. Richardson and Gielgud had performed the play together at the National Theatre in 1975 and then on Broadway.

production details
UK | ITV – Granada | 1×90 minutes | Broadcast 3 October 1978

Writer: Harold Pinter
Executive Producer: Derek Granger
Production Design: Peter Phillips
Director: Julian Aymes

Ralph Richardson as Hirst
John Gielgud as Spooner
Michael Kitchen as Foster
Terence Rigby as Briggs