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Condition is fine, picture quality is what you'd expect from a 14 year old recording. The sound is presented here - sadly - only in mono.
Like many of Potter's plays with the BBC, this was just one of his controversal plays which almost never made it to transmission.
First transmitted on 3 May 1967 on BBC1. First as part of 'The Wednesday Play' series. As with several early productions during this period, the original tape was wiped. But a new production of the play was transmitted on BBC2 on 29th October 1994, with an introduction by Brian Walden, a contemporary of Potter at Oxford and an old Oxford political sparring partner. Gilbert quotes the audience figures for the 1967 transmission as below 3.5 million.
A Parliamentary committee meets to decide on a fitting memorial to an ageing Conservative, wartime ex-Prime Minister, Sir David Browning. Its decision is to commission a portrait. Bizarrely, though, the artist they choose is an anarchic, anti-establishment and equally ageing James Player, who appears to stand for the very opposite values and positions to his prospective sitter. The two men find many opportunities to score political and social points off each other as the sittings develop. At one point, though, Browning appears to suffer a heart attack and to die. Rather than call for assistance, Player re-arranges the body and continues to paint. Browning eventually regains consciousness, much to Player's annoyance. After Player's exile, Browning and his daughter take delight in the ineluctable victory of their class and their establishment position over Player's attempt to subvert.
Eric Porter - James Player
John Neville - Sir David Browning
Sophie Thompson - Gillian Player
Abigail Cruttenden - Clara Browning
Ronald Pickup - Richard Browning
Stephen Moore - Hawkins
Name.........: Message for Posterity.avi
Filesize.....: 1.02 GB (1,100,985,236 bytes)
Video Codec..: Media file, AVI
Video Bitrate..(kbps): 168
Audio Codec..: MP3
Audio Bitrate: 12 c/h, mono
frame Size...: 640x480
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