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Message for Posterity 

Cast member Bruce Alexander recalled: "'Message for Posterity' was remade as a tribute to [Dennis Potter] just after his death the original recording of the early 60's having been lost by ... See full summary »

Director:

David Hugh Jones

Writer:

Dennis Potter

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Patrick Godfrey ... 1st Conservative MP
Nicholas Selby ... 2nd Conservative MP
Annette Crosbie ... 1st Labour MP
Tony Haygarth ... 2nd Labour MP
Edward Petherbridge ... Liberal MP
Eric Porter ... James Player
Sophie Thompson ... Gillian Player
Ben Walden ... Miles
Bruce Alexander ... Thompson
John Neville ... Sir David Browning
Bev Willis Bev Willis ... Barnes
Steven Crossley Steven Crossley ... TV Newsreader
Stephen Moore ... Hawkins
Ronald Pickup ... Richard Browning
Brian Sewell ... Art Critic (voice)
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Storyline

Cast member Bruce Alexander recalled: "'Message for Posterity' was remade as a tribute to [Dennis Potter] just after his death the original recording of the early 60's having been lost by the BBC. As a result we under the direction of David Jones reproduced the original script with painstaking (perhaps over-scrupulous) accuracy, honouring every comma and letter in a way for which television is not renowned. The play was intriguing as a result but in style smacked of an earlier era of televised drama with long scenes and a quasi-theatrical interest in the spoken word rather than action. It was all quite a bit different from the later more overtly iconoclastic Potter." Since the original 1967 BBC "Wednesday Play" production of PotterÕs "Message for Posterity" became a lost work, it survives only as a script. The BBC2 revival (for the "Performance" series of plays by major dramatists), featuring an introduction by Brian Walden (father of cast member Ben Walden), aired 29 October 1994, ... Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob2@earthlink.net>

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Drama

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Remake of The Wednesday Play: Message for Posterity (1967) See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 October 1994 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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