Jack Rosenthal's name stands high in the list of television's greatest dramatists. With a career that started on early episodes of Coronation Street, he was well-advised to launch into writing plays and began by drawing on his own experiences in The Evacuees directed by a young Alan Parker.
Jack Rosenthal brought to his writing knowledge of, and love for, the everyman; the man or woman in the street, the worker, labourer, taxi driver, parent and child. Witty, insightful, rich in irony and human observation, even his villains reveal a human side he couldn't resist exploring.
These five plays capture a playwright at his zenith, in a range of work that speaks both to his experience and his empathy. Featuring Maureen Lipman, Maria Charles, Adrienne Posta, Jonathan Lynn, John Duttine, Tom Wilkinson, Anna Carteret and Laura Howard, they are sure to be treasured by anyone who appreciates fine drama - or anyone who simply enjoys life.
The Evacuees (1975) World War II has just begun. A Jewish school evacuates its children from Manchester to Blackpool, where two young boys are taken in by a less than sympathetic couple.
Bar Mitzvah Boy (1976) Eliot Green is turning 13 and about to undergo one of the great rituals of Judaism, the Bar Mitzvah, throwing his family into turmoil and making for a day that no one will forget.
Spend Spend Spend (1977) The dramatic story of Pools Winner Viv Nicholson who, in 1961, won £152,000 (about £3 million today) and the devastating effect it had on her life and loves.
Eskimo Day (1996) Three sets of parents must deal with the emotional upheaval of their children applying to Cambridge, while a tutor there must address his aging father's needs.
Cold Enough for Snow (1997) The irresistible follow-up to Eskimo Day, for all those who were wondering what happened next...