Abigail's Party. Image shows from L to R: Laurence (Tim Stern), Beverly (Alison Steadman). Copyright: BBC.

Abigail's Party

BBC One comedy drama about middle-class manners. 1 episode in 1977. Stars Alison Steadman, Tim Stern, Janine Duvitski, John Salthouse and Harriet Reynolds.

Abigail's Party. Image shows from L to R: Angela (Janine Duvitski), Beverly (Alison Steadman), Laurence (Tim Stern), Susan (Harriet Reynolds), Tony (John Salthouse). Copyright: BBC.

Abigail's Party

Acerbic comic drama about a neighbours' get-together in suburbia. Written and directed by Mike Leigh

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
1977
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
1
Starring
Alison Steadman, Tim Stern, Janine Duvitski, John Salthouse and Harriet Reynolds
Writer
Mike Leigh
Director
Mike Leigh

Comedy of manners focusing on the bourgeois affectation and sexual frustration of a young married couple.

Abigail's mother Sue is invited to take refuge from her teenage daughter's party with a neighbouring couple, Beverly and Laurence. They have also invited Angela and Tony, new arrivals in the street. Beverly plies her guests with alcohol as Sue becomes increasingly withdrawn and embarrassed by the pretentious goings-on.

Slowly, marital tensions emerge and the evening is breaking up in disarray when Laurence collapses with a heart attack.

Production Details

Production company
Also known as
  • Play For Today: Abigail's Party (Other official name)
Laugh track
None

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Tuesday 1st November 1977 on BBC One at 9:25pm
Episode length
100 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 24th November 2014 at 10:00pm on BBC4

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