The Norman Conquests

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Passions flare and tempers rise when three couples travel to a country house for the weekend. Based on the hit plays by Alan Ayckbourne, this Emmy® nominated series views the same events from three vantage points: kitchen table, garden, and family room. Each segment is a masterful performance by a marvelous ensemble cast. With Penelope Keith, Tom Conti, and Richard Briers. Seen on PBS in the late 1970s. 5 hrs, 3 DVDs, SDH.
Disc 1
Table Manners
Sarah forces Annie to abandon her plans to run off for the weekend with Norman—proposing Tom instead. Then Sarah gets into a blazing row with Reg. Norman arrives for breakfast the next morning and is joined by Ruth. Tom and Norman have a confrontation during dinner, and the wounded Norman finds consolation in an unlikely place. Monday morning finds Sarah and Norman sharing tea and toast—and a fanciful proposition. Later, Annie struggles to connect with Tom.

Disc 2
Round and Round the Garden
Norman shows up unexpectedly at the house Saturday evening. He runs into Tom in the garden, has a strange encounter with Sarah, and gets drunk after talking with Annie. Ruth arrives on Sunday and proceeds to confuse Tom entirely about her intentions. For once, Tom decides to overcome his shyness towards the opposite sex and take action. As the two married couples leave the next morning, a car accident causes more commotion. Finally, Norman must face the women in his life.

Disc 3
Living Together
Saturday evening Annie apologizes to Norman for not going away with him. He consoles himself by hitting the bottle. As Norman passes out on the family room floor, Reg talks the others into playing a board game, with disastrous results. Hostilities break out again the next day, yet Norman finds that amorous opportunities still abound. Early riser Reg gets a shock in the family room Monday morning, and he’s in for an even bigger one when he and Sarah leave.
  • Alan Ayckbourn biography
  • Background on the plays
Packaging: Boxed set
Run Time: 300 minutes
Format: Full screen
Number of discs: 3
Language: English
Subtitles: No
Color or B&W: Color
CC: No
SDH: Yes
Region Code: 1
Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Rating: NR
"Splendidly amusing"—The New York Times

"Hilarious"—The Washington Post
For The Norman Conquests: Table Manners:

BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Actress (Penelope Keith, 1978)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Drama Series/Serial (1978)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Alan Ayckbourn, 1978)

For The Norman Conquests: Round and Round the Garden:

BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Actress (Penelope Keith, 1978)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Drama Series/Serial (1978)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Alan Ayckbourn, 1978)

For The Norman Conquests: Living Together:

BAFTA TV Award Winner for Best Actress (Penelope Keith, 1978)

BAFTA TV Award Nomination for Best Drama Series/Serial (1978)

Emmy Award Nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Drama Series (Alan Ayckbourn, 1978)

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