Play for Today: The Foxtrot (1971)

UK, 29 April 1971
videotape, colour, 4:3
mono, English
Series: Play for Today (1970-1984) – series 1, episode 16

A British fantasy television episode written by Rhys Adrian and directed by Philip Saville.

Plot Summary

An older married couple are by a long-lost friend who turns out to be the woman’s real husband. Together they watch an American sitcom on television that plays out their strange relationship.


Directed by: Philip Saville
Produced by: Irene Shubik
Written by: Rhys Adrian

Donald Pleasence (Tom)
Thora Hird (Gwen)
Michael Bates (Arthur)
John Collin (Harry)
Diana King (Maisie)
Harry Brunning (old man in pub)
Harold Bennett (Gwen’s father)
Wallace Campbell (drunk in pub)
Penny Service (Miss Windsor Castle)
Paula Stone, Thick Wilson, James Berwick, Manning Redwood (television voices)
Honora Burke, Seymour Green, Robin Ford (characters in TV show)