Cold Comfort Farm
10:00pm - 11:40pm Monday 1st January
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Subtitles, TV movie
Scripted by Malcolm Bradbury, John Schlesinger's film was originally intended for UK television, but ended up securing cinematic distribution in the US. Kate Beckinsale plays Flora Poste, an orphan in 1930s England who is sent off to live with her distant rural relatives, the Starkadders. Instead of sinking into a deep depression, Flora sets about sorting out her mad kin (Eileen Atkins, Rufus Sewell, Ian McKellen). Based on the novel by Stella Gibbons, this dotty, very British comedy is a real treat.
Directed by: John Schlesinger
Filmed in: 1995
Judith Starkadder - Eileen Atkins
Flora Poste - Kate Beckinsale
Ada Doom - Sheila Burrell
Mybug - Stephen Fry
Adam Lambsbreath - Freddie Jones
Mrs Smiling - Joanna Lumley
Amos Starkadder - Ian McKellen
Mrs Beetle - Miriam Margolyes
Seth - Rufus Sewell
I may be able to do it myself by swapping a few cables etc., my Freeview box can allegedly show me one program while another is being recorded, but I've never tried it - just in case it doesn't work I'd be grateful for backup.
Later: Never mind - I've remembered that the box can record two channels simultaneously, so not a problem. But I do seriously recommend Cold Comfort Farm, it's immense fun, one of the best dramatizations I can remember.