It’s The Alan Bennett Collection, out on DVD from BBC Home Video. Here’s what they have to say for themselves:
Best known for The History Boys and The Madness of King George, Bennett began writing for the stage following his runaway success with Beyond the Fringe in the Sixties, but soon found that his work transferred effectively to the small screen. Honored with seven BAFTA Awards, An Englishman Abroad was inspired by Coral Browne’s real-life encounter with an eccentric Englishman in Moscow. None other than the notorious spy Guy Burgess (Alan Bates), he sends the actress on a rather counterrevolutionary mission. This collection also features The Insurance Man (Daniel Day-Lewis as Franz Kafka), A Question of Attribution (Prunella Scales as Queen Elizabeth II and James Fox as Sir Anthony Blunt), 102 Boulevard Haussmann (Alan Bates as Marcel Proust, and Janet McTeer) plus early plays A Day Out and Sunset Across the Bay (directed by Stephen Frears) and Our Winnie. Patricia Routledge (Keeping Up Appearances) stars in A Visit from Miss Prothero and A Woman of No Importance. Two film essays, Dinner at Noon and Portrait or Bust, reveal Alan Bennett’s unique onscreen presence.
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