Wednesday, 31 May 2017

697 Screen Two / Screen One



First  viewed  : 3  February  1985

Screen  Two  and  Screen  One   were  actually  a  continuation  of  Play  for  Today  under  another  name  as  the   original  brand  was  controversially  laid  to  rest  in  1984. The  ones  I  recall  are

Knockback  ( Screen  Two  27.1.85  & 3.2.85 )

I  only  saw   some  of  the  second  instalment  of  this  two-parter  about  the  relationship  between  Sylvia ,a   lonely  middle-aged  woman  ( Pauline  Collins )  and  the  murderer  Alan  ( Derrick  O' Connor )  she  corresponds  with  while  he  serves  a  life  sentence. O' Connor  had  previously  been  very  good  but  very  typecast  in  thuggish  roles  ( eg. Out  ) and  this  role  allowed  him  to  break  out  and  show  his   versatility. Leslie  Grantham, not  yet  a  household  name, was   a  fellow  lag   I  recall  the  very  last scene  when  Alan  gets  out  on  licence  and  takes  Sylvia  to  a  holiday  cottage. In  the  most  predictable  plot  development  ever, the  moment  they  cross  the  threshold they  frantically  shed  their  clothes  and  get  down  to  it.

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