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The Glittering Prizes 

Twenty years in the lives of some Cambridge undergraduates, who all find that the real world of a changing Britain is a hard place.
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1976  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Tom Conti ...  Adam Morris 4 episodes, 1976
Barbara Kellerman ...  Barbara Morris / ... 4 episodes, 1976
Mark Wing-Davey ...  Mike Clode 4 episodes, 1976
Clive Merrison ...  Bill Bourne 3 episodes, 1976
John Gregg John Gregg ...  Alan Parks 3 episodes, 1976
Emily Richard Emily Richard ...  Anna Cunningham 3 episodes, 1976
Malcolm Stoddard ...  Dan Bradley 3 episodes, 1976
Roger Hammond ...  Ronald Braithwaite / ... 3 episodes, 1976
Jeremy Child ...  John Cadman 3 episodes, 1976
Nigel Havers ...  Denis Porson 3 episodes, 1976
Leonard Sachs Leonard Sachs ...  Lionel Morris 3 episodes, 1976
Angela Down Angela Down ...  Joyce Bradley / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Anna Carteret ...  Barbara Parks / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Suzanne Stone Suzanne Stone ...  Jo-Ann Case / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ...  Bruno Lazlo 2 episodes, 1976
Simon Cadell Simon Cadell ...  Ken Hobbs 2 episodes, 1976
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Twenty years in the lives of some Cambridge undergraduates, who all find that the real world of a changing Britain is a hard place.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1976 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(6 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

It was generally believed that the central character in this mini-series, a brilliant Jewish student at Cambridge who becomes a novelist and film writer, was an autobiographical portrait of Frederic Raphael, the scriptwriter of the series. See more »

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Clearly not perfect, but touched with a rare brilliance
11 March 2011 | by rick_7See all my reviews

The script's the star of this sprawling six-part series from Frederic Raphael: probing, caustic and matchlessly witty, particularly in the two most successful episodes, the Brideshead-esque 'An Early Life' and the frankly outlandish 'A Past Life', which features Eric Porter as a fascist sympathiser. The acting is variable (Tom Conti's bravura central performance is the obvious standout), the worldview sometimes unsavoury and the penultimate episode has passages that really drag, but it's a work touched with a rare brilliance and the dialogue is simply spectacular. I picked it up after hearing Nigel Havers (who has a small but memorable role) say it was the best script he'd ever read.


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