TV Performance: Absolute Hell (BBC-2 1991, Judi Dench, Bill Nighy) Published 3 years ago on July 4, 2016 Black Comedy Absolute Hell was set in a Soho drinking club in a bomb-devestated London in the weeks leading up to the 1945 general election. Shot on video as part of the BBC’s excellent Performance strand there is a nice little sepia opening leading into colour with Judi Dench supremely blowsy as club owner Christine but the real honours go to Bill Nighy (yet again) as a novelist heavily in debt and having trouble with his boyfriend. Absolute Hell grew out of Ackland’s 1952 play The Pink Room (also known as The Escapists) which was a major flop at the time, Ackland himself felt it was too watered down and in the 1980’s reworked it, retitled it and turned it into a real gem. Honest, funny and highly entertaining. production details UK / BBC-2 / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 5 October 1991 Play: Rodney Ackland / Script Editor: Michael Hastings / Music: Jason Osborn / Choreography: Eleanor Fazan / Production Design: Michael Young / Costumes: Judy Pepperdine / Producer: Simon Curtis / Director: Anthony Page cast JUDI DENCH as Christine Foskett FRANCESCA ANNIS as Elizabeth Collier ANTHONY CALF as Douglas Eden MOYRA FRASER as Lettice Willis CHARLES GRAY as Maurice Hussey BETTY MARSDEN as R.B. Monody SUSANNAH MORLEY as Fifi BILL NIGHY as Hugh Marriner NATHANIEL PARKER as Sam Mitchum RONALD PICKUP as Siegfried Shrager PIP TORRENS as Nigel Child RAY WINSTONE as P.C. Molson SUSAN PORRETT as Doris PAUL BIRCHARD as Butch SYLVIA BARTER as Julia Shillitoe EILEEN PAGE as Mrs Marriner GREGORY FLOY as Michael Crowley WILLIAM OSBORNE as Cyril Clatworthy SUSAN BROWN as Bill SHEELAGH FRASER as Madge BARBARA HICKS as Mrs Pratt CORDELIA ROCHE, GARY FAIRHALL, MARK GILLIS as Club Members Anthony CalfBBC-2Betty MarsdenBill NighyCharles GrayFrancesca AnnisJudi DenchMoyra FraserNathaniel ParkerPerformancePeriod dramaPip TorrensRay WinstoneRodney AcklandSimon CurtisTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes14 hours ago Single Parents: Summer of Miggy (S1EP17 ABC Wed 27 Feb 2019) Summer of Miggy: As baby Jack prepares to walk for the first time, Miggy feels old and tries to recapture... Episodes14 hours ago Ministry Of Evil: The Twisted Cult Of Tony Alamo (Sundance Premieres Wed 27 Feb 2019) Ministry of Evil chronicles the life and crimes of Tony Alamo, who, together with his wife, became a born-again, fire-and-brimstone... Episodes14 hours ago Bargain Mansions: Stairway To Master Suite Heaven (S2EP15 DIY Wed 27 Feb 2019) Stairway To Master Suite Heaven: Host Tamara Day uses a 1,400-square-foot second-story addition to build three new bedrooms in a... Episodes14 hours ago You’re the Worst: The Pillars of Creation (S5EP8 FXX Wed 27 Feb 2019) The Pillars of Creation: Paul, Vernon, and Becca air their dirty laundry on a weekend getaway. Airdate: Wednesday 27 February... Episodes14 hours ago Whiskey Cavalier: Pilot (Series Premiere ABC Wed 27 Feb 2019) Pilot: Following an emotional breakup, tough but tender FBI super-agent Will Chase (code name: “Whiskey Cavalier”) is assigned to work... search EPISODES Episodes14 hours ago Chicago P.D.: The Forgotten (S6EP16 NBC Wed 27 Feb 2019) The Forgotten: Voight and the Intelligence Unit focus all their effort and resources into investigating the disappearance of an exotic... Episodes14 hours ago Deadly Class: Rise Above (S1EP7 SYFY Wed 27 Feb 2019) Rise Above: Marcus confesses the truth about Chester to Saya which leads them on a citywide manhunt. Airdate: Wednesday 27... Episodes14 hours ago Guy’s Grocery Games: Big Cheese (S20EP5 FoodTV Wed 27 Feb 2019) Big Cheese: Three cheese pros return to compete against some of the cheesiest chefs, as Guy Fieri puts the competitors... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.