Play for Today (1970–1984)

Kate the Good Neighbour 

An elderly English spinster lady lives alone, is heartily disliked, and will not accept aid from anyone. She has lived a life of total denial, but preserves her past in the diaries she ... See full summary »

Director:

John Bruce

Writer:

Peter Ransley
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rachel Kempson ... Kate Dawson
John Vine John Vine ... Jimmy
Penny Leatherbarrow Penny Leatherbarrow ... Mrs. Baker
John Price John Price ... Richard Preston
Dandy Nichols ... Mrs. Druce
Sherrie Hewson ... Young Kate
Larry Dann ... Mr. Turner
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Boy in alley
Mark Monero ... Boy in alley
Edwin Brown ... Mr. Pritchard
Debbie Wheeler Debbie Wheeler ... Waitress
Chuck Julian Chuck Julian ... Greengrocer
Linda Robson Linda Robson ... Ann
Cate Fowler ... Girl in bathroom
Elizabeth Archer Elizabeth Archer ... Nurse in canteen
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An elderly English spinster lady lives alone, is heartily disliked, and will not accept aid from anyone. She has lived a life of total denial, but preserves her past in the diaries she keeps on her shelf, one for each year. We learn that her memories of one particular year continue to haunt her. She picks the journal up from time to time, revisiting the early war years, when she met and came to know the one love of her life, an RAF pilot during the Battle of Britain, and how it ended in pregnancy and ultimately grief. At the end, she learns to adjust to the idea that managed care can indeed bring new ways to deal with life's disappointments. Written by John Clark <johnclark@sbcglobal.net>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 March 1980 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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I'm very seldom moved to tears but...
15 September 2010 | by fontanaSee all my reviews

I saw this on its first transmission, and again when it was repeated a few years later. I assume therefore that there must be a copy somewhere in the bowels of the BBC. I was born in 1948, and lived through the whole development of 'The Wednesday Play' and then,as it became,'Play for Today'.Some work was obviously 'wiped' in the early days - shades of silents being melted down for silver content -we never learn,do we?.However, I'm pretty sure that a copy of this must still exist.Of all the TV films I saw in that golden age, this was the most moving.The term 'masterpiece' is too often used and in our age of hyperbole one I hesitate to use - not in this case,however. Come on BBC....what DOES survive from this period? Either repeat this or issue a DVD.


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