Pinter at the BBC (5-DVD Set)

Release Date: 28 January 2019 | Certificate: Suitable for 15 years and over
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Pinter at The BBC (5-DVD Set)
Directed by Christopher Morahan, Harold Pinter, Charles Jarrot and Kenneth Ives

Harold Pinter (1930-2008) was one of the most important and influential British playwrights of the last century. Whilst best-known for his work for the stage, this collection celebrates Pinter's significant contribution to television. His work for the screen shares many of the qualities of that for the stage, be it a fascination with the private roots of power and an abiding preoccupation with memory, or a belief in the agency of women. He was quite simply a great writer, whose work time and again admits us to the dark room of his imagination. Featuring 10 plays made for the BBC between 1965 and 1988, and previously unavailable on DVD, highlights include Tea Party (1965), Old Times (1975) and 1987's The Birthday Party which sees a rare example of Pinter acting in his own work. A dazzling array of British acting talent is on display including Michael Gambon, Julie Walters, Leo McKern, Vivian Merchant, John Le Mesurier and Miranda Richardson.

  • Landscape (Kenneth Ives, 1983, 45 mins)
  • Old Times (Christopher Morahan, 1975, 75 mins)
  • The Hothouse (Harold Pinter, 1982, 111 mins)
  • Mountain Language (Harold Pinter, 1988, 21 mins)
  • The Basement (Charles Jarrot, 1967, 55 mins)
  • A Slight Ache (Christopher Morahan, 1967, 58 mins)
  • A Night Out (Christopher Morahan, 1967, 60 mins)
  • Monologue (Christopher Morahan, 1973, 21 mins)
  • The Tea Party (Charles Jarrot, 1965, 80 mins)
  • The Birthday Party (Kenneth Ives, 1987, 107 mins)

UK | 1965 - 1988 | 633 minutes | English language with optional hard-of-hearing subtitles


Writers in Conversation: Harold Pinter (1984, 47 mins): an ICA interview with Harold Pinter by Benedict Nightingale Pinter People (1969, 16 mins): a series of four animated films written by Harold Pinter Face to Face: Harold Pinter (1997, 39 mins): Sir Jeremy Isaacs interviews Harold Pinter, who discusses the images and events which have inspired some of his most powerful dramas Harold Pinter Guardian Interview (1996, 73 mins, audio only): an extensive interview with the legendary playwright by critic Michael Billington, recorded at the National Film Theatre Illustrated booklet with new writing by Michael Billington, John Wyver, Billy Smart, Amanda Wrigley, David Rolinson and Lez Cooke, and full film credits
Release Date: 28 January 2019
Certificate: 15 - Suitable for Persons Aged 15 or Over