BBC Play of the Month (1965–1983)
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The Millionairess 

Epifania is the richest woman in England. She's also strong-willed, highly intelligent, fiercely determined and an expert at Judo, which makes her hard to live with. She's also married, but... See full summary »


William Slater


George Bernard Shaw (play) (as Bernard Shaw)




Episode complete credited cast:
Maggie Smith ... Epifania
Peter Barkworth ... Julius Sagamore
James Villiers ... Alastair Fitzfassenden
Charles Gray ... Adrian Blenderbland
Priscilla Morgan ... Patricia Smith
Tom Baker ... Dr. Ahmed el Kabir - Egyptian Doctor
Donald Pickering ... Hotel Manager
John Garrie ... The Man
Avril Angers Avril Angers ... The Woman


Epifania is the richest woman in England. She's also strong-willed, highly intelligent, fiercely determined and an expert at Judo, which makes her hard to live with. She's also married, but her husband is now in love with another woman. She's also seeing another man socially, but he seems to be more interested in his food than her. Will or can this poor little rich girl ever find true happiness? A chance meeting with an Egyptian doctor may prove interesting... Written by Tony Scheinman

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Release Date:

25 September 1972 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


This production was significant in winning Tom Baker the role of the Fourth Doctor in Doctor Who (1963). Having worked with him on this, the director, William Slater, later recommended him to Doctor Who (1963) producer Barry Letts as a suitable replacement for Jon Pertwee. See more »


Julius Sagamore: Please, please keep your temper.
Adrian Blenderbland: Keep your own temper! Has she lamed YOU for life? Has she raised a bump on YOUR head? Has she called YOU a skunk?
Julius Sagamore: No, but she may at any moment.
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All about Maggie
9 September 2016 | by bart67See all my reviews

I have read the first two reviews of this play and unfortunately would bore a reader if I did the same, the reviews already submitted are as accurate as I could have said it, so I will focus on one cast member in particular - the one and only Maggie Smith! On the day of my birth, Maggie was 31, so by the time I would be interested in film/theatre Maggie would be cast as a senior figure and not in roles that would make her a young mans pin up girl.

However - as my own years roll on my desire for nostalgia along with technology making it so accessible, I have been rolling back the years to see the difference in my interpretation of film etc..

I could not believe the impact Maggie had on me in her role as Epifania, the longer the play rolled the more I realised just how stunning Maggie was and she was 38 when this play was filmed! As we age the only organ we posses that doesn't are our eyes, even in her now 80's, Maggie's eyes are always the first thing you are drawn to, but in this wonderfully chaotic play, Maggie is playing a hard, soulless woman and as usual delivers a 10/10, however, in scenes that the camera focused on Maggie, a metamorphosis takes place in front of your very own eyes and you see a beauty in those deeply set pools of warmth like precious jewels just below the surface of an ocean of snow white china!

To aspire today to what Maggie was in this play, an actress would have to be wearing less cloth than a cosy for a stamp and more make up than a decade order for the clown department of a travelling circus - Maggie, with barely the sight of a stocking covered ankle, radiated appeal that modern day aspiration can merely dream of!

As Epifania is such a cold hard character, I suggest reader that you pause a scene where Maggie is full screen head and shoulders, detach from Epifania a few moments and really look at Maggie - she was beautiful!

The Millionairess? - 10/10! I loved it....

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