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A Rather English Marriage

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Language  English
Media type  Print (Hardcover)
ISBN  0-241-13164-2
Originally published  10 December 1992
Genre  Novel
Country  United Kingdom
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Publication date  December 10, 1992
Pages  288 pp
Dewey Decimal  823/.914 20
Author  Angela Lambert
Publisher  Hamish Hamilton
OCLC  27136211
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A Rather English Marriage is a novel by Angela Lambert, first published in 1992, and later adapted for television by Andrew Davies for the BBC.


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Plot summary

The book's plot concerns two retired men who are thrown together following the deaths of their wives in the same hospital. Both have served in the armed forces, one, Reggie, being a former officer, the other, Roy, an ex-NCO. The perceived class differences lead to Roy moving in with Reggie and being treated as an unpaid servant. The reader's sympathies are with Roy as he remains humble and faithful to his purpose until Reggie becomes too domineering. Roy remarries, and Reggie, whose attempt to seduce a younger widow, Liz, has ended in failure, is left alone.

Film, TV or theatrical adaptations

The television adaptation, first screened on the BBC in 1998 and later released on DVD, is directed by Paul Seed. It stars Tom Courtenay as Roy and Albert Finney as Reggie, and stays close to the plot of the book until the ending, when the two old men end up staying together. The adaptation also starred Joanna Lumley as Liz, Ursula Howells as Reggie's wife, Mary, and Jeremy Clyde as Reggie's nephew.

The show won the BAFTA Awards for Best Actor (Tom Courtenay), Best Editing, Best Original Television Music and Best Single Drama. It also received nominations for Best Actor (Albert Finney), Best Actress (Joanna Lumley) and Best Sound.

It also received the Peabody Award and the Royal Television Society Award for Best Single Drama.


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