TV Abigail’s Party (BBC-1 1977, Alison Steadman, Tim Stern) Published 2 years ago on August 27, 2016 Abigail, the eponymous entertainer of this exalted Play For Today, was never actually seen. She was in the house next door, throwing a party for her teenage friends. It might, therefore, have been more appropriate to call the drama ‘Beverly’s Party’, for that is where the action took place. To coincide with the teenage bash, neurotic neighbour Beverly had organized her own little gathering for the grown-ups. Along with Abigail’s anxious mother, Sue, local residents Angela and Tony were invited, and making up the select group was Beverly’s stressed-out husband, Laurence. As the evening dragged by, the drink flowed freely, the grating Beverly forced everyone to endure the ‘fantastic’ Demis Roussos on the stereo, and marital tensions reached fever pitch as she obliviously sailed through a series social blunders. Abigail’s Party was the play that confirmed the talents of writer/director Mike Leigh and his then wife, actress Alison Steadman, who had previously collaborated on an earlier Play for Today, Nuts in May (1976). It had first been performed on stage at the Hampstead Theatre and some of the dialogue, even in the televised version, was improvised. The play has become a cult and, in 1997, BBC 2 presented an Abigail’s Party night to commemorate the 20th anniversary of its first transmission. production details UK / BBC-1 / 1×100 minute episode / Broadcast 1 November 1977 Creator & Director: Mike Leigh / Producer: Margaret Matheson Series: Play For Today Season 8 Episode 3 cast ALISON STEADMAN as Beverly TIM STERN as Laurence JOHN SALTHOUSE as Tony JANINE DUVITSKI as Angela HARRIET REYNOLDS as Sue Alison SteadmanBBCComedyHarriet ReynoldsJanine DuvitskiJohn SalthouseMike LeighPlay For TodayTim SternTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Strike Back: Season 7 Episode 5 (Cinemax Fri 22 Feb 2019) Episode 5: Following a high-speed jungle ambush in Myanmar, the suitcase nukes end up in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Zaza... Episodes21 hours ago Don’t Be Tardy: Loaded Statement (S7EP3 Bravo Fri 22 Sep 2019) Loaded Statement: The Biermanns get serious about defending themselves and decide to attend a gun safety course after a break-in... Episodes21 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: E’ao lu’au a kualima (S9EP17 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) E’ao lu’au a kualima: Junior is torn between his duties as a member of Five-0 and his feelings for his... Episodes21 hours ago Secrets of the Morgue: Overkill (S1EP12 ID Fri 22 Feb 2019) Overkill: When a brutally murdered woman is found floating near the yacht club at Newport Beach, Calif., after the coroner... Episodes21 hours ago Speechless: G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT (S3EP15 ABC Fri 22 Feb 2019) G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT: When Maya insists that it’s time to meet Izzy, a reluctant JJ arranges a game night... search EPISODES Episodes21 hours ago The Blacklist: Marko Jankowics (S6EP8 NBC Fri 22 Feb 2019) Marko Jankowics: When Liz (Megan Boone) and Jennifer (guest star Fiona Dourif) search for a woman who may know a... Episodes21 hours ago Fresh Off the Boat: Be A Man (S5EP15 ABC Fri 22 Feb 2019) Be a Man: Jessica drives Principal Hunter crazy at Evan’s school when she declares that she’s “shadow principal” and follows... Episodes21 hours ago Last Man Standing: Arrest Her Development (S7EP15 FOX Fri 22 Feb 2019) Arrest Her Development: Vanessa “helps” Mandy and Kyle look for their first apartment. Meanwhile, Mike is thrilled when Ryan’s good... advertisement MOVIES 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... 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... 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.