The Old Devils (DVD)
Andrew Davies' classic BBC adaptation of the Booker Prize-winning novel by Kingsley Amis. Starring Ray Smith.
The black comedy tells the turbulent story of a group of university friends, reunited in retirement. First broadcast in 1992, it confronts friendship, ageing, nostalgia and nationalism. Starring John Stride, Ray Smith, Sheila Allen et al.
Alun Weaver (John Stride) is a writer who enjoys a moderate level of celebrity. After returning to Wales with his wife Rhiannon (Sheila Allen) he is reunited with a group of his former university friends who chose to live locally. Soon after their reunion Alun kicks the bucket, leaving the rest of the group to deal with the fallout.
Their conversations revolve around friendship, ageing, nostalgia, lust and nationalism… usually accompanied by a drink or two.
This brilliantly written dark comedy is brought to life by an all-star cast that includes Elizabeth Morgen, Bernard Hepton and James Grout. Ray Smith steals the show however, with a performance that earned him a BAFTA for Best Actor in his final screen appearance.
Release Date 21st Oct 2019
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