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Quartermaine's Terms 

As St John Quartermaine's world largely consists of the staff-room at the Cull-Loomis School of English for Foreigners, his relationships with his colleagues - not to mention his students -... See full summary »

Director:

Bill Hays

Writers:

Simon Gray (adaptation), Simon Gray (play)
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Eleanor Bron ... Melanie
Edward Fox ... St. John Quartermaine
Clive Francis ... Mark
John Gielgud ... Eddie
Peter Jeffrey ... Henry
Paul Jesson ... Derek
Eiji Kusuhara ... Oko-Ri
Tessa Peake-Jones ... Anita
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As St John Quartermaine's world largely consists of the staff-room at the Cull-Loomis School of English for Foreigners, his relationships with his colleagues - not to mention his students - tend to be somewhat vague. And that presents problems. Written by GusF

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Genres:

Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 May 1987 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Possibly the best piece of television I have ever seen.
29 January 2015 | by waterboilsSee all my reviews

It's so sad that plays like this no longer grace our screens, even, it would seem, for reruns. It has taken me 30 years to get hold of a copy (a DVD converted from a fairly decent video recording), just to see this again as the quality of the YouTube version is too awful to enjoy.

It's a wonderful, wonderful play. Brilliantly written, casted and performed.

The setting is the staffroom of an English language college for foreign students somewhere in Cambridge. I think that Edward Fox was born to play the role of protagonist St. John Quartermaine. St. John (pronounced 'sinjun') is a kind and lonely language professor who is becoming increasingly absent-minded and forgetful, probably due to some form of creeping dementia. Having loyally served at the college since its founding, his life revolves around work as he appears to have no social life of his own. He is well liked by his colleagues, however they take advantage of his good nature and are always too preoccupied with their own concerns to really notice what we the viewers see- a man gradually and inexorably heading towards crisis, in desperate need of care and support.

I consider this to be a little masterpiece, funny and tragic in equal measure.

Find it, watch it, treasure it.


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