TV Play For Today: Dog Ends (BBC-1 1984, Leonard Rossiter) Published 3 years ago on May 19, 2016 In Play For Today Dog Ends the Time is Tomorrow. Christmas. Middle aged Arthur is growing weary of looking after his ageing, increasingly frail father. At the funeral for the father of his friend Henry who died at the same time as his beloved pet dog, Arthur lets slip the fact that his dog is also nearing the end of his time. Henry suggests the vet who helped him could also help Arthur only for there to be a serious mis-understanding over just what it is the Vet actually does. A bitterly funny black comedy, Dog Ends takes plenty of shots at the British Welfare system, it’s set ever so slightly in the future and the Vet is revealed to be a pawn of the “government” who are apparently getting people used to the idea of “voluntary euthenasia” as a way to keep the numbers down. Lots of fun, with a huge amount of comedy of recognition Dog Ends actually has all the elements of a classic farce. Almost all of the action takes place in the Arthur’s dining room and a young David Threllfall is almost unrecognisable as Arthur’s go-getting son Robert. classic quote “Family discussions are all very well, but not in the home” production details UK / BBC One / 1×72 minute episode / Broadcast 17 July 1984 Writer: Richard Harris / Script Editor: Leonard Kingston / Music: Jim Parker / Costumes: Valerie White / Production Design: Stuart Walker / Producer: Andree Molyneux / Director: Carol Wiseman Series: Play For Today / Season Fifteen Episode Eleven cast LEONARD ROSSITER as Arthur PAT HEYWOOD as Beatrice DAVID THRELLFALL as Robert LESLEY MANVILLE as Vivienne BRYAN PRINGLE as Henry JOHN GRILLO as The Vet CHARLES LAMB as Grandad LIZ CROWTHER as The Doctor SIMON WHITE as The Baby QUEST as The Dog Bryan PringleCult TVDavid ThrellfallJim ParkerJohn GrilloLeonard KingstonLeonard RossiterLesley ManvilleLiz CrowtherPat HeywoodPlay For TodayRichard Harris Advertisement advertisement and this just in Features1 day ago Classic Movie Characters: Arnold Schwarzenegger is The Terminator Before The Terminator, Arnold Schwarzenegger was viewed as little more than a B-list barbarian. But director James Cameron helped turn... Features1 day ago Classic Episodes: The Untouchables – The Rusty Heller Story In “The Rusty Heller Story,” Elizabeth Montgomery took Prohibition-era Chicago by storm as Heller, a seductive Dixie damsel who pits... TV1 day ago Time Trax (1993, Dale Midkiff, Elizabeth Alexander) SciFi action adventure series. Future cop Darien Lambert travels back in time in search of renegade criminals unable to return... TV1 day ago Three’s a Crowd (NBC 1984-1985, John Ritter, Mary Cadorette) Sitcom. A spin off from Three’s Company and an adaption of the UK’s Robin’s Nest. This saw Jack Tripper and... TV1 day ago Strange Luck (1995, D.B. Sweeney, Frances Fisher) Fantasy drama series. After surviving a plane crash as a child Alex ‘Chance’ Harper, a photographer, finds himself dogged by... search EPISODES Episodes1 day ago Fam: Drunk in Love (S1EP7 CBS Thurs 21 Feb 2019) Drunk in Love: During their engagement party, Clem and Nick are both shocked to learn that the other has been... Episodes1 day ago Deadly Secrets: A Fire Inside (ID Thurs 21 Feb 2019) A Fire Inside: When a serial arsonist murders four people in a hardware store fire in Southern California, veteran arson... Episodes1 day ago How to Get Away with Murder: Make Me the Enemy (S5EP14 ABC Thurs 21 Feb 2019) Make Me the Enemy: Annalise is determined to get to the truth about Nate Sr.’s murder and will stop at... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week 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... Movies1 week 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... Movies1 week 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.