Wednesday, 6 July 2016
436 BBC2 Playhouse : Happy
First viewed : 25 April 1980
This is one I'd never have remembered without Genome to jog the brain cells. It was on at 9pm on a Friday night and I watched it at my Gran's who had probably switched channels from The Gentle Touch in the hope of more snooker. I usually went home as soon as I'd finished my chips but we watched this to the end.
The play concerned two brothers Vernon ( Paul Copley ) and Gary ( Max Hafler ) . Gary has serious mental health issues but Vernon persists in trying to look after him at home rather than put him in residential care ( this being nearly a decade before the implementation of Care in the Community ) . At the start of the play Vernon's marriage has broken down because his wife Linda ( Lynne Miller ) couldn't cope with the strain of living with Gary. He persuades her to return but after a case of coitus interruptus by Gary playing with scissors , she realises that she is less important to Vernon than his need to be his brother's keeper and departs once more.
This sad little story has never been repeated and the writer Derrick Buttress has only one other credit on his imdb page ( a playlet in the equally obscure The Other Side series in 1979 ) .