Beckett On Film: Play

A great series this, not least because it shows what can be done with a combination of huge directing and acting talent - and Samuel Beckett, one of the 20th century's greatest playwrights - on TV.

Play (only 15 minutes) is directed by Anthony Minghella, who brings his stars of Truly, Madly, Deeply - Alan Rickman and Juliet Stevenson - together, plus Kristin Scott Thomas of The English Patient, to create a spiky love triangle.

The three characters are buried up to their necks in urns and are condemned to whitter on about their relationship for eternity - truly, madly and deeply (but without Michael Maloney's annoying teacher character).

Minghella upset the Beckett estate the most with this one (your man was a stickler for his stage directions) by jump cutting the film 500 odd times. The result, though, is worth it.

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