An Actor's Life For Me. Image shows from L to R: Marjorie (Rula Lenska), Desmond Shaw (Victor Spinetti). Image credit: British Broadcasting Corporation.

An Actor's Life For Me

Robert Neilson has ambitions to play Hamlet but will do most acting work. His fiancée, Sue, and agent, Desmond, gently encourage his aspirations

1991  (BBC One)
6 (1 series)
John Gordon Sinclair, Gina McKee, Victor Spinetti
Paul Mayhew-Archer
British Broadcasting Corporation

Robert Neilson is a struggling thespian with a vivid imagination; he longs to play Hamlet but will settle for any job. He believes that his big break is just around the corner and manages to get himself in to terrible messes because he is so desperate to act. His fiancée, Sue, is always willing to give him encouragement, even though she doesn't share his confidence, while Desmond, his agent, tries to make a silk purse out of a sow's ear.

Our Review: Adapted from the BBC Radio 2 series of the same name, this show had all the ingredients for success. Yet, despite the undoubted talent of the lead, it failed to make a particular impression on its audience. Fans of the radio series would have been disappointed with the casting of Sue, Robert's fiancée, as Caroline Quentin had brought life to the character and portrayed her as strong and more humourous than her TV counterpart.