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Eustace and Hilda: The Shrimp and the Anemone


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A Trilogy by L.P Hartley
Screenplay by Alan Seymour
Flora Robson as Miss Fothergill with Grant Bradsley as Eustace, Sarah Webb as Hilda
A rock pool on a Norfolk beach, summer 1907. Eustace and his dominating sister Hilda watch as a shrimp is devoured by a beautiful sea anemone. From this small symbolic incident, L.P. Hartley builds his great study of two youngsters whose fortunes change after their meeting with the formidable old invalid, Miss Fothergill.


Author: L.P Hartley
Screenplay: Alan Seymour
Music composer: Richard Rodney Bennett
Conductor: Marcus Dods
Film Recordist: John Murphy
Film Cameraman: Peter Bartlett
Film Editor: Tony Woollard
Designer: Don Homfray
Producer: Anne Head
Director: Desmond Davis
Miss Fothergill: Flora Robson
Eustace: Grant Bardsley
Hilda: Sarah Webb
Mr Cherrington: Edward Hardwicke
Aunt Sarah: Dorothy Alison
Minney: Anne Kristen
Nancy Steptoe: Nicola Cave
Dick Staveley: Simon Gipps-Kent
Craddock: Ron Pember
Miss Grimshaw: Merelina Kendall
Miss Wauchope: Maggy Maxwell
Major Steptoe: John Forbes-Robertson
Mrs Steptoe: Rosemary MacVie
Anne Staveley: Amanda Jones
Barbara Cherrington: Miranda Duly

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Eustace and Hilda: The Shrimp and the Anemone

BBC Two England, 30 November 1977 21.50

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