Not curtains. They are respectable enough when hanging directly, especially if they are made of lace, not nylon.

But if they are pulled to the side with a loop they will not be in the & # 39; in the middle, then they usually are – like a blouse woman from a toilet who doesn't realize she is undressing the bottom of her underwear in & # 39; a top of them has knickers.

That perception could only be made by Alan Bennett, the playwright with an ear tuned to erase the peculiar English sound of & # 39; the lower middle class against & # 39; a working class. Bennett, now 85, is a kind of Coronation Street Poet Laureate, and as dear to several generations of readers as Pooh Bear.

Irene was previously played by Patricia Routledge

Imelda Staunton (left) plays co-author writer Irene, repeats Patricia Routledge's Talking Heads performance

He does not like, or at least does not understand, this outcast of national affection: he could & # 39; stab Judi Dench with a pitch fork & # 39 ;, he complains, & & # 39; is still considered friendly, sociable and in essence harmless & # 39 ;.

He has been at the forefront of the theater for nearly 60 years, since his review breakthrough in Beyond The Fringe, alongside Peter Cook, Dudley Moore and Jonathan Miller, of whom he is the last survivor.

But despite shooting plays at the National Theater, the film's success of The History Boys, its evergreen readings of children's books such as The Wind In The Willows, and its glorious diaries that appeared every year in London Review Of Books, one television series above all, established its reputation among the ordinary viewing public – the kind of people about whom it writes.

Jodie Comer of Killing Eve will play Lesley in a reboot

Lesley, an aspiring actress, was played in 1988 by Julie Walters

Jodie Comer (left) will be aspiring actress Lesley – Julie Walters played her in 1988

That series was called Talking Heads. A collection of six plays, half an hour or 40 minutes long and each written for one actor, the BBC released it in 1988 to unusual critical acclaim. Ten years later, this was followed by another six – all starring the best of Britain's stage talent, such as Maggie Smith and Patricia Routledge.

Now BBC1 has announced that it is relaunching Talking Heads, inspired by the sudden need for TV drama that can be filmed within the confines of social distance.

The time is ripe for Bennett's characters to socialize what they have been doing all their lives … afraid of emotional density, embarrassed by any public view of feeling, and suspicious of everyone.

Stars this time include Sarah Lancashire, Jodie Comer, Kristin Scott Thomas and Harriet Walter.

Martin Freeman will reprise Graham in Talking Heads

Graham was originally played by Alan Bennett himself

Martin Freeman (left) is Graham, reprising the role that was first played by Alan Bennett himself in the first episode of Talking Heads

The main director is Nicholas Hytner, who already started working on filming at Elstree Studios.

A BBC press release promises that the production team "follows the latest governmental guidelines on Covid-19 to make the series safe and responsible".

Even Hytner himself insures: & # 39; The shoot will never bring any of us within easy reach of each other, but I hope it will reach in every other way and appeal to millions of viewers. & # 39;

That perspective seems like a certainty. Bennett's writing was never better than in these individual portraits, as silhouettes that were in acid etching on lino flooring and Formica table tops of ordinary British homes.

The first, A Chip In The Sugar, appeared in April 1988 and played Bennett himself as Graham, a middle-aged man who doesn't live with his 'white-haired mam'.

Graham is ridiculous, prudish and feels restless about the resurgence in his mother's life of an old flame – Mr Turnbull, a widower. It looks like Mam and Mr Turnbull had a dirty weekend in a boarding house in Filey, near Scarborough, between the wars.

Graham had no idea about this – & # 39; I didn't know you had a past, & # 39; he says. & # 39; I thought I was your past. & # 39;

He does not like & # 39; the way they both fall for laughs as Mr Turnbull says: & # 39; No sand in & # 39; bedrooms! & # 39; In a piece of sublime casting, Graham will be played this time by Martin Freeman.

Kristin Scott Thomas will play antique dealer Celia

Eileen Atkins was the first Celia to play Talking Heads in 1998

Kristin Scott Thomas (left) assumes the role of Celia antique dealer, first played by Eileen Atkins (right) in 1998

His task is to convey the single most important fact in Abraham's life, something that the character does not even realize himself – that he and his Mam, for all practical purposes, are like an old married couple.

No wonder he's jealous of this Mr Turnbull, with his Rover 2000 and quilted three-quarter length mackintosh.

That, says Bennett, is the secret to most people in Talking Heads: 'These narrators are artless. They do not know very much what they say and tell a story, to the meaning of which they are not very private. & # 39;

Nowhere is this more compelling and hilarious to be true than in & # 39; Her Big Chance episode, first made with Julie Walters and now starring Killing Eve & # 39; s Jodie Comer. She plays Lesley, a TV addict who has been struggling to land an acting role for years, and finally believes she did it – as a gangster molester in a low-budget crime.

Lesley's scenes mainly ask her to be naked and seized by the policeman who shoots her boyfriend.

& # 39; The movie comes first in Germany, then maybe Turkey. & # 39;

She's so desperate to be a star that she can't see how devastating the role is. She even sleeps with the director, Gunther, just to hear that she played the part well.

Tamsin Greig has taken over the role at Rosemary

Lonely Rosemary was previously played by Penelope Wilton in & # 39; the second series of Talking Heads

Tamsin Greig (left) plays lonely Rosemary, the role that Penelope Wilton took in & # 39; the second series of & # 39; e 1998 Alan Bennett monologues

Their pillow talk was all the praise they didn't want: "Listen," Gunther told her, "if anyone is a bad actress, I can't sleep with them." So don't ask me if I was happy with your performance. This is the proof. & # 39;

Lesley sucks: & # 39; He is a real artist, is Gunther. & # 39; Bennett says he has seen dozens of Lesleys at auditions in recent years in front of his scripts:

& # 39; Perky, undefeated, their hopes for stars long gone, these actors retail the films as plays where they might not have seen them in. & # 39;

One had played a postman in Emmerdale for a couple of weeks … & # 39; Only I haven't done since. They don't seem to get much mail. & # 39;

It is this sensitivity to hints of unhappiness that fills Bennett's work with pathos. Much of this comes from his fond memories of childhood as a son of a butcher in Armley, Leeds.

& # 39; Posted in & # 39; e provinces in the & # 39; 40s & 50s, & # 39; he says, & # 39; one has learned the valuable lesson that life in & # 39; t is generally something that happens somewhere else. & # 39;

Muriel, from the episode Soldiering On, will be played by Harriet Walter

Stephanie Cole first played pillar-of-the-community Muriel

Harriet Walter (left) takes part of & # 39; the pillar of & # 39; the community Muriel, first played by Stephanie Cole in 1988

Some of his father's prejudices and peccadillo's appear in scripts, such as a line that he once heard Walter Bennett yell at a dog in the & # 39; e slaughterhouse: & # 39; Get out, you nasty lamp posts that don't write a small article! & # 39;

But it was the mother of her mother of & # 39; the social position of & # 39; a family that made the deepest impression.

He has not lost sight of the things that are & # 39; t & # 39; Mom & # 39; frown: & # 39; A catalog of disapproval that ran through tattoos, red dye, yellow gloves, two-tone cardigans, fake leopardskin jackets, dyed blonde hair, slacks, cocktail boxes and images of ladies with Alsatian dogs straps. & # 39;

All of these things, like net curtains wrapped in loops, were & # 39; just & # 39 ;, and the essence of everything just was cheap fun.

Lesley Manville plays Susan's wife of alcoholic

In 1988, the irreverent Maggie Smith took on the same role

Lesley Manville (left) is Susan's wife of alcoholic, pastor, the character originally portrayed by Maggie Smith in 1988

This was true both for places and for people: & # 39; Blackpool was just (people enjoying), Morecambe less so (not enjoying themselves), and Grange & Lytham not at all (not really on & # 39; agenda). & # 39; Surprisingly, the Bennett family on vacation aspired to Grange and Lytham, not Blackpool and Morecambe.

Even in Benidorm, Mam would try to find the exclusive end: & # 39; Well, we don't all keep it hectic, do we, father? & # 39;

Sentiments like these struck a longstanding chord with viewers of Talking Heads in 1988.

Millions who may never have gone to the theater to see a play by Bennett were captivated by his deep sympathy for the things that really matter to ordinary people – the details that define social status .

Maxine Peake will play a store assistant in the series

Patricia Routledge returned to Talking Heads after her rule as Irene in 1988

Maxine Peake (left) portrays an assistant of the middle age store, just as Patricia Routledge did in 1998

The one who caused the most upset at the time, in order to depict a slow death, was called A Cream Cracker Under The Settee.

It bothered Thora Hird as Doris, a woman of uncompromising standards, who had fallen and fractured her hip while trying to do the fabric that had not helped her home.

However, A Cream Cracker Under The Settee is one of two episodes that will not be refreshed, perhaps because there is no drop of emotion that Dame Thora does not already have from that script won.

But as compensation, we will get two new pieces from Bennett: The Shrine, starring Monica Dolan, and An Ordinary Woman, starring Sarah Lancashire. They are at the same time heartbreaking and wonderfully funny … although not with the kind of jokes to make you laugh. That would be just that.

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