The Terence Rattigan Collection (1961 - 1994) 5 x DVD9
Terence Rattigan is one of the most highly regarded dramatist and screenwriters ever. To mark the centenary of his birth, this collection unites some of the most memorable TV productions of his work.

Born in 1911, Terence Rattigan went on to be one of the most successful screenwriters in the world. He wrote more than 20 films and was twice nominated for an Oscar. He wrote screen adaptations of his own stage plays, original screenplays and adaptations of work by others.

Throughout his career Rattigan’s film work alternated between projects which he found creatively exciting and those he regarded as well-paid chores and a means of sustaining his extravagant lifestyle.

He died in 1977, just as theatres all over London were staging his work and new audiences were discovering those qualities in Rattigan that had made him one of the most feted and one of the most commercially successful playwrights of the twentieth century. In this centenary year audiences are once again able to enjoy his polished wit and meticulous craftsmanship with this DVD.

5 x DVD9 | PAL 4:3 | 838 minutes | 34.2 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English
Genre: Drama

DISC ONE
Heart to Heart (The Largest Theatre in The World)
The first in the “Largest Theatre in the World” series of plays, Heart to Heart centres around a TV interviewer determined to get a coup on a dodgy cabinet minister. Starring Kenneth More, Ralph Richardson, Derek Francis. Directed by Alvin Rakoff. Originally broadcast December 6, 1962. Approx. 115 minutes.

All On Her Own (A Touch of Venus)
Rosemary returns from a party to the empty Hampstead house where she has lived since the death of her husband, but was his overdose of sleeping pills purely accidental? She is going to try to find out. Starring Margaret Leighton, Nora Gordon. Directed by Hal Burton. Originally broadcast September 25, 1968. Approx. 19 minutes. NB: A series of 13 monologues for famous actresses. BBC archive only shows All On Her Own.

DISC TWO
Separate Tables (BBC Play of the Month)
Loneliness, desire and repression are explored in the setting of a Bournemouth Hotel. Starring Geraldine McEwan, Eric Porter, Annette Crosbie, Robert Harris, Hazel Hughes, Pauline Jameson, Cathleen Nesbitt. Originally broadcast March 15, 1970. Approx. 93 minutes.

French Without Tears (BBC Play of the Month)
The comic, sometimes painful, fallings-out of five young male English students at a residential language cramming establishment in France. Starring Nicola Pagett, Michael Gambon, Anthony Andrews, Barbara Kellermann, Nigel Havers, Tom Woodward. Originally broadcast May 16, 1976. Approx. 94 minutes.

DISC THREE
The Winslow Boy (BBC Play of the Month)
The term at Osborne Naval College is not yet over. Why, therefore, has cadet Ronnie Winslow returned home? And why, moreover, is he hiding in the garden in the rain? Starring Alan Badel, Eric Porter. Directed by David Giles. Originally broadcast January 16, 1977. Approx. 112 minutes.

The Browning Version
Andrew Crocker-Harris is an aging classics master at a British public school with only a few days left in his career but who is suddenly forced to confront his own life’s failures. Starring Judi Dench, Michael Kitchen, John Woodvine, Ian Holm. Directed by Michael A. Simpson. Originally broadcast December 31, 1985. Approx. 74 minutes.

DISC FOUR
After The Dance (Performance)
Set in the Mayfair Flat of a high living, hard drinking writer in 1938 this truthful play attacks the moral vacuity of the ‘bright young things’ unknowingly poised on the brink of war. Starring Anton Rogers, Gemma Jones, Imogen Stubbs. Directed by Stuart Burge. Originally broadcast December 5, 1992. Approx. 112 minutes.

The Deep Blue Sea (Performance)
Middle aged Hester Collyer suffers the dramatic personal consequences of a passionate affair with a young, ex-RAF pilot named Freddie Page. Starring Colin Firth, Ian Holm, Carmel McSharry, Wojtek Pszoniak, Stephen Tomkinson, Edward Tudor-Pole, Penelope Wilton. Directed by Karel Reisz. Originally broadcast November 12, 1994. Approx. 99 minutes.

DISC FIVE
Adventure Story (BBC Sunday Night Theatre)
Rattigan’s own dramatic study of Alexander the Great. Starring Sean Connery, Margaretta Scott. Directed by Karel Reisz. Originally broadcast June 12, 1961. Approx. 110 minutes.

SPECIAL FEATURES
Separate Tables at The Apollo
John Mills and Jill Bennett in a scene from Act 2 of Separate Tables at the Apollo Theatre.

Cause Celebre at Her Majesty’s Theatre
Two extracts from Terence Rattigan's play Cause Celebre, starring Glynis John, Neil Daglish, Charles Dore, Philip Bowen and Lee Montague. This was shot during a theatre preview at Her Majesty’s Theatre.

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