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Fay Weldon

A Catching Complaint + Age of Hypocrisy

These two TV plays boast great performances as well as Weldon’s tight and insightful scripts.

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A Catching Complaint

Plays of Married Life, ITV 1966
Dir Derek Bennett
With Derek Godfrey, Diana Fairfax, Hylda Baker, Tessa Wyatt
70min

‘Unhappiness is a catching complaint, and misfortune is an insult to the fortunate. So let’s peck them to death, the sad ones. They can’t help it, but they ought to help it.’ Weldon’s first TV play had a terrific cast tell its tale of lives wasted in mismatched marriages.

+ Age of Hypocrisy

Jubilee, BBC 1977
Dir Valerie Hanson
With Gwen Watford, John Carson, Rosalind Boxall
50min

Jubilee was a series of 13 plays reflecting life in Britain under the first 25 years of Queen Elizabeth II’s reign. Fay Weldon took 1964. ‘There’s good girls and there’s bad girls. But when good girls make a mistake, they’ve a right to a second chance. I don’t care what anyone says.’


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