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

A woman falls in love with a sea captain, and plots to kill her fiance.

Director:

Anthony Page

Writers:

Thomas Middleton (play), William Rowley (play)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Stanley Baker ... De Flores
Helen Mirren ... Beatrice-Joanna
Brian Cox ... Alsemero
Alan Webb Alan Webb ... Vermandero
T.P. McKenna ... Tomazo de Piracquo
Malcolm Reynolds Malcolm Reynolds ... Alonzo de Piracquo
Frances Tomelty ... Diaphanta
Tony Selby Tony Selby ... Jasperino
Raymond Francis Raymond Francis ... Alibius
Norman Rossington ... Lollio
Susan Penhaligon ... Isabella
Kenneth Cranham ... Antonio
Anthony Douse Anthony Douse ... Franciscus
George Camiller ... Pedro
Lionel Guyett Lionel Guyett ... Servant
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A woman falls in love with a sea captain, and plots to kill her fiance.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 January 1974 (UK) See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Connections

Version of Middleton's Changeling (1998) See more »

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8 January 2018 | by bob998See all my reviews

...De Flores and Beatrice. The other characters don't have much weight. Alan Webb as Vermandero sounds an awful lot like Polonius most of the time and may be ignored. The two De Piraquo brothers are there to provide plot points and are forgettable. Frances Tomelty (Sting's first wife) has some effective scenes as Beatrice's lady in waiting; she has a good comedy sense. The lunatic asylum has the wonderful Norman Rossington (A Hard Day's Night) as keeper. He gets to spit out some funny lines.

Stanley Baker comes out best. His De Flores is at first cynical and distant, then as he realizes the depth of his involvement he starts to act with real force. Helen Mirren matches his commitment. To sum up: this is one of the better BBC plays; not too many scenes had to be cut. Beatrice's speech with the line "let the common sewer take it from distinction" is given whole, a good decision.


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