Doris and Doreen work for a large unnamed corporation. Changes are afoot, though they are not entirely sure what they are. Equipped with an indepth knowledge of regulations and paperwork they feel compelled to get to the bottom of it.
George Phillips, a middle-aged Londoner, works as an estate agent for the firm of Frobisher, Rendell and Ross. His home life is soured by clashes with his wife over whether their teenage ... See full summary »
Lee, a Chinese man, works as a waiter in a hotel in England, despite speaking very little English. Told that a girl called Iris might be interested in him, on his afternoon off work he buys a box of chocolates and sets off to find her.
Early Alan Bennett, but the seeds of greatness are there!
This is definitely an early work, and it shows. It's a bit long, a bit pausy, occasionally a bit slow-moving. The "hero" (if that's an appropriate word for him) isn't very sympathetic. But there's plenty of clues about the future of Bennett's writing. This is his first work with Thora Hird and Julie Walters, both of whom would go on to glory in both series of Talking Heads, many years later.
There's an overbearing mother, repressed homosexuality, an embarrassingly loud conversation in a cafe, the idea that hippy-ish or left-wing ideas make people uncomfortable, themes of education, failed sexual relationships that are over before they have begun, and, of course, Northern England.
All of the above elements will be honed, improved and adapted in future workings, but this really is the birth of a modern genius. Occasionally a bit tedious, though.
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