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Abigail's Party thirty years on

They re-ran 'Abigail's Party' on BBC4 last night, though I didn't watch to the end because I find it too painful. It's a stupendous piece of work which only grows in stature over time. It has famously been called 'The most painful hundred minutes in British comedy-drama.' You can see the influence of Abigail's Party in The Office and all its imitators.

Alison Steadman as Beverley is quite mesmerising in her raw animal force and sucking hollowness. And yet it is also the performance of a goddess.

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