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Oxbridge Blues was a 1984 British television mini-series, produced by the BBC. It was an anthology of seven 75-minute teleplays, most of which focus on the men and women of Oxford and Cambridge. The series was nominated for a BAFTA television award for Best Single Drama.[1] The series was broadcast in the U.S. on A&E in 1986 and on PBS in 1988.[2] In Australia, the series was broadcast on on ABC in 1987.[3]

The seven teleplays are dramatized from short stories by the novelist Frederick Raphael, and Raphael himself directed one episode ("He'll See You Now"). Raphael described Oxbridge Blues as "mostly kind of chamber pieces — modest dramas about love and sex and honour and marriage".[4]

Contents

Episodes and plots

Each episode of Oxbridge Blues is a separate and unrelated story, with different characters in each. The first, "Oxbridge Blues", tells of two brothers whose fame and fortune is dramatically altered when one becomes a best-selling sex novelist. In "Similar Triangles", the thrill is gone for two adulterous lovers when the spouse of one dies. A neurotic actress is tempted into a more intimate relationship with her analyst in "He'll See You Now".

"That Was Tory" tells of the old passions and new jealousies that provoke an odd coupling between a married man and the wife of his good friend. "The Muse" describes a wimpish cartoonist who takes on the rough-'n-tumble personality traits of his most popular character.

A chance meeting with a handsome stranger tempts a happily married woman into testing the water of infidelity in "Cheap Days". "Sleeps Six" describes an idyllic holiday in the South of France that turns into an ordeal for a film producer and his loving wife.

Main cast

Music

The series theme music was composed by Richard Holmes, and sung by the English group Cantabile.

Awards and nominations

  • The series was nominated for a BAFTA television award for Best Single Drama.
  • Ben Kingsley was nominated for a Cable Ace Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for his performance in the episode "Sleeps Six".[1]

Notes

  1. ^ a b Oxbridge Blues – Awards
  2. ^ Blau, Eleanor. "TV Notes." New York Times. April 28, 1988.
  3. ^ Hooks, Barbara. "Oxbridge Blues Are Not Easy to Come By." The Age. August 27, 1987.
  4. ^ Blau, Eleanor. "TV Notes.". New York Times. April 28, 1988.

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