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Foxtrot, The

Fiftysomething marrieds Thora Hird and Michael Bates are visited by long-lost friend Donald Pleasance, who, it transpires, is Hird’s real husband, the outwardly normal relationship between her and Bates having been a long-term affair. At the end they all settle down together to watch an American ‘corridors and dressing gowns’ farce which bizarrely seems to be about their odd menage-a-trois. Much theorizing and comment on the changing face of Britain takes place between the trio along the way.  Written by Rhys Adrian, directed – with a bit more restraint than The Rainbirds – by Philip Saville.

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