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The Importance of Being Earnest

Screen adaptation of Oscar Wilde's comic masterpiece. Set in 1890s England, a comedy of mistaken identity ensues when two gentlemen friends use the same alias to pursue the women they love.

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1 hour, 27 minutes

Last on

Sat 4 Feb 2017 13:00

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BBC History: Oscar Wilde (1854 - 1900)

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Role Contributor
AlgyRupert Everett
JackColin Firth
GwendolenFrances O'Connor
CecilyReese Witherspoon
Lady BracknellJudi Dench
Dr ChasubleTom Wilkinson
Miss PrismAnna Massey
LaneEdward Fox
MerrimanPatrick Godfrey
GribsbyCharles Kay
Pew openerCyril Shaps
DowagerMarsha Fitzalan
ProducerBarnaby Thompson
DirectorOliver Parker
WriterOscar Wilde
WriterOliver Parker