Brief Encounters

Brief Encounters

Series 1 - Episode 2

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Review

Brief Encounters is full of great big signposts helpfully pointing out, with not a lot of subtlety, that this is 1982. A character is entranced by Coronation Street and its current, huge storyline: “Ken doesn’t know Mike and Deirdre are having an affair.”

Then there’s the food. No one ate out anywhere other than a Berni Inn and “prawn cocktail, rump steak and gateau”. Clunk, clunk.

As for the predominantly female characters, women selling Ann Summers underwear and “marital aids” at parties, they face lives full of misery and drama. In a particularly episodic second episode, suffering is layered upon suffering as they deal with their hopeless menfolk.

Summary

Believing her marriage is over, Steph starts life on her own, while Dawn decides she can no longer live at home and asks for refuge at Pauline's, much to Brian's annoyance. Nita makes a decision about her family's future. Drama, starring Penelope Wilton, Sophie Rundle, Angela Griffin and Sharon Rooney.

Cast & Crew

Steph Sophie Rundle
Nita Angela Griffin
Dawn Sharon Rooney
Pauline Penelope Wilton
Brian Peter Wight
Terry Karl Davies
Johnny Ben Bailey Smith
Kieren Don Gilet
Russell Will Merrick
Hellie Chloe Pirrie
Joan Felicity Montagu
Bunny Pippa Haywood
Lisa Gina Bramhill
Barry Kent Riley
Widowed Linda Souad Faress
Jim Phil Rowson
Dean Daniel Sharp
Richie Theo Graham
Donald Geoff McGivern
Len Wayne Foskett
Stanley Fin Campbell
Simon James Burrows
Mr Clark Mark Cameron
Dr Jennings Martin Bishop
Dougie Samuel Edward-Cook
Corrine Carlyss Peer
Andrea Nicola Taggart
Usherette Cathy Breeze
Fat Mike Mark Sheals
Director Jill Robertson
Executive Producer Arabella McGuigan
Executive Producer Danielle Lux
Executive Producer Oriane Messina
Executive Producer Fay Rusling
Producer Jo Willett
Writer Oriane Messina
Writer Fay Rusling
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