The world of British television off and on the screen, as it was sixty years ago.

Daily Archive: Wednesday, 28 September 1955

Thanks for the Ad. Or Not.

The Times’ TV reviewer (TR) was pleased to sit down, last night, “to a substantial classic” in the form of Turgenev’s “A Month in the Country”, which was produced by Associated-Rediffusion under their International Theatre banner. TR found not the usual “sense of enclosed and occasionally cramped intimacy” often found in television drama, but instead “a large cinematic spaciousness”. Robert Hamer’s direction was “accomplished” and so were a number of the performances. In particular, “in Miss Margaret Leighton’s hands Natalya… had not only a tense nervous strength but a most moving vulnerability”; “Mr Laurence Harvey was a sincere, likeable Beliayev; and in their different ways Mr Michael Gough’s Rakitin and Miss Zena Walker’s Vera subtly confided in the invisible audience.” (more…)