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Table Manners 

A dysfunctional family gathering for the weekend reunites three siblings and significant others in a small country cottage with farcical consequences.

Director:

Herbert Wise

Writer:

Alan Ayckbourn
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Episode cast overview:
Richard Briers ... Reg
Penelope Keith ... Sarah
Tom Conti ... Norman
David Troughton ... Tom
Fiona Walker ... Ruth
Penelope Wilton ... Annie
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Storyline

Three plays by Alan Ayckbourn, interwoven in plot and time, giving different views of the same weekend. The action takes place in the family home, now occupied by Annie. Norman tries to bring a little happiness to his wife, Ruth, his sister-in-law, Annie, and their sister-in-law, Sarah. Written by David Leaver <leaver@netinfo.com.au>

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Genres:

Comedy

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 June 1978 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

Company Credits

Production Co:

Thames Television See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Penelope Keith is the only member of the cast of the original stage version to appear in the TV version. See more »

Goofs

The play begins on a Saturday at 6PM. But twenty-five minutes later, a clock in the village is heard striking seven. See more »

Quotes

Annie: Oh, nun's knickers!
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Connections

Follows The Norman Conquests: Living Together (1977) See more »

Soundtracks

Girls Were Made to Love and Kiss
from the operetta "Paganini" (uncredited)
Composed by Franz Lehár (1925)
Sung off-stage by Tom Conti
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Did I miss something?
12 April 2002 | by janfletcher49See all my reviews

I am a staunch fan of both Brit flicks and sitcoms, especially those of the 70s when humor was gentler. The cast of this offering was so stupendous that I urged my library to add the set to its collection, sight unseen. Unfortunately, I was led astray by the 9+ rating on IMDB at the time, as I found the premise, the script, the acting, and the humor all miserably deficient. Where are the laughs? Where is the wit? Who gives this kind of 'comedy' a high ranking...Dracula? Don't be fooled into thinking that you'll come away from viewing this with anything other than a mild depression and a lot of questions as to why such outstanding actors would have participated in something so unfunny and bland. Stick with 'Good Neighbors'!


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