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3 x 90 minute episodes
This three-part television mini-series by Thames Television subsidiary Euston Films revolved around Gerald Middleton (Richard Johnson), a wealthy and cultured professor of medieval history who, at 60, feels both an academic and emotional failure.
His broken marriage to the monstrous Inge (Elizabeth Spriggs) has produced three children from whom he is estranged. Dollie (Dorothy Tutin), his best friend’s wife with whom he had a long and passionate love affair, has disappeared from his life in a cloud of recrimination and alcohol.
And Gilbert Stokesay (Daniel Craig), the best friend, long dead in the trenches of the Great War, continues to haunt and threaten his self-esteem as a historian – all because of the Melpham Idol, a pagan phallic figure found in the coffin of a disinterred Bishop.
It is the most important archaeological find of the century, a discovery that changes the course of scholarship and sets the academic world in turmoil. But is it a hoax? And if so who was responsible? And why?
From Angus Wilson’s remarkable post-war novel, Anglo Saxon Attitudes has a rich and interwoven cast of characters. It is a satire, a tragedy, a black comedy of manners and a deadly accurate examination of the loves, lusts and foibles of a middle-class family bent on self-destruction.
Tara Fitzgerald played a supporting role as the young Dollie, and there was also a brief appearance by a 16-year-old Kate Winslet. The film won the BAFTA award for best serial drama.
Young Gerald Middleton
Young Inge Middleton
Young Dollie Stokesay
Oliver Ford Davies
Sir Edgar Iffley
Dr Rose Lorimer
Carmen Du Sautoy
Young Lillian Portway