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For four weeks in 1964, ITV's prestigious Play of the Week slot was given
over to a short series of plays by one of the most popular and beloved
playwrights of the 20th century, Nöel Coward. Each play featured a short
introduction from Coward himself.
The plays presented here are amongst the finest he wrote and feature an exceptional cast that includes Peter Wyngarde, James Bolam, Barbara Murray, Hattie Jacques and Philip Bond. All plays are produced and directed by the legendary Joan Kemp-Welch - one of the first women television directors, her name was a byword for quality, her body of work stretching from Shakespeare to Pinter, from ambitious Passion Plays to Oscar Wilde.
Present Laughter - Garry Essendine's little indiscretions cause more than a slight upheaval in his household - particularly when everyone decides they are going to Africa with him.
Blithe Spirit - Holding a séance seems like a terrific lark, but for Charles Condomine it's something a bit more than that when the ghost of his first wife turns up to haunt him.
The Vortex - Florence Lancaster is a neurotic woman still living in the past. She was a great beauty - and now finds pleasure in attracting younger men.
Design for Living - Gilda, Otto and Leo carry on a complicated three-way relationship. Entangled with first Otto and then Leo, Gilda finally marries Ernest - but cannot dismiss "the two" from her mind.
Sound: Dolby Digital
Running Time: 270 minutes
Production Year: 1964
Main Language: English