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Norman Conquests, Part 1: Table Manners

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Norman Conquests, Part 1: Table Manners
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1hr 48min
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1980
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Synopsis: Produced for British television, The Norman Conquests was based on a trilogy of stage comedies by Alan Ayckbourn. Each playlet is set in a different room under the same roof: the home of Norman (Tom Conti) and his family. In Part 1, Table Manners, Norman attempts to seduce his two sisters-in-law, a feat that soon becomes an "open secret." Also starring is Penelope Keith as the lady of the house, who tends to treat human beings like place settings at a huge, never-ending banquet. Richard Briers, who ... Full Synopsis
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The Norman Conquests is Alan Ayckbourn's intricately plotted, three-part comedy of manners, each episode taking place more or less concurrently with the other two, letting the audience gradually discover bits and pieces of the story as each play unfolds. While this makes the experience a "whole is greater than the sum of its parts" experience, one shouldn't assume that the individual parts are anything ... Read Review
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