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A husband and wife loathe each other and reconciliation looks unlikely. Black comedy starring Christian Rodska and Joanna Tope.

Georges Simenon, best known for Maigret, published scores of other novels, often tough, gripping and psychologically-penetrating stories like this black comedy about a couple whose marriage has foundered. Conversation between Emile and Marguerite has given way to a mute exchange of vicious notes, a shared life to separate beds and separate larders. Meanwhile the sudden deaths of two cherished family pets - a poisoned cat and a murdered parrot - block all attempts at reconciliation. Emile, at the end of his tether, packs his bags and chooses freedom - but he quickly makes a discovery that, even when affection has gone, a powerful bond still unites a man and his wife. Dramatised by Ronald Frame.

Producer/director Bruce Young.

45 minutes

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Role Contributor
Emile Christian Rodska
Marguerite Joanna Tope
Nelly Irene Allan
Madame Martin Carol Ann Crawford
Nurse Carol Ann Crawford
Patron Mark McDonnell
Professor Mark McDonnell
Writer Georges Simenon
Director Bruce Young
Producer Bruce Young

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