Stanley And The Women (ITV 1991, John Thaw, Geraldine James)

In drama serial Stanley and the Women, based on the novel by Kingsley Amis (and adapted for TV by Nigel Kneale), middle aged advertising executive Stanley Duke (John Thaw) has more than a little trouble with his past and present wives.

Stanley is currently married to writer Susan (Penny Downie) but also seems to be quite friendly with co-worker Lindsey Lucas (Sian Thomas) and has clearly had an affair with her at some stage. Ex-wife actress Nowell Hutchinson (Sheila Gish) is also quite a presence in his life still, thanks in no small part to their having to deal with their mentally troubled son Stephen (Samuel West) who in the first episode is admitted to a psychiatric institution.

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The casting is excellent and pretty high profile but the real star is Stanley’s 1974 Jensen Interceptor which gets quite a bit of screen time.

John Thaw as Stanley Duke
Geraldine James as Dr. Trish Collings
Sheila Gish as Nowell Hutchinson
Penny Downie as Susan Duke
Sian Thomas as Lindsey Lucas
David Lyon as Dr. Cliff Wainwright
Alun Armstrong as Rufus Hilton
Samuel West as Stephen Duke
Donald Churchill as Harry Coote
Michael Elphick as Bert Hutchinson
Dafydd Hywel as Taff Wyndham
Michael Aldridge as Dr. Alfred Nash
Doreen Mantle as Lady Bailey
Alison Fiske as Alethea
Harmage Singh Kalirai as Dr. Patel
Joan Ann Maynard as Sister Wheatley
Joanna Mays as Mrs. Shillibeer
Ronan Vibert as Tom Devenish

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crew details
Writer: Nigel Kneale
Novel: Kingsley Amis
Music: Barrington Pheloung
Producer: Chris Burt
Director: David Tucker

production details
Country: UK
Network and Production Companies: ITV – Central
Duration: 4×50 minute episodes
Aired From: 28 November – 19 Decemeber 1991

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