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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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Trivia

In the 2008 play revival of The Norman Conquests, Jessica Hynes plays Annie. Penelope Wilton, who was the original Annie, starred in Shaun of the Dead (2004) with Jessica Hynes. 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

Sarah: [Speaking about Tom] It must be fascinating being a vet. It's a pity, in a way, he's not a proper doctor.
Annie: [Defensively] He is a proper doctor. He just prefers animals to people.
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Connections

Followed by The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden (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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Well, I liked it
7 December 2003 | by dallasbabySee all my reviews

I saw these on video for the first time this year, and watched them one after the other. I laughed hysterically. I don't understand how someone could not see humor in the situation, if not in the story itself. Although the acting is a bit stiff at times, it doesn't detract from the humor. I highly recommend these be watched at least once in everyone's life.


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