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Double Bill/ Back to the Workplace

The Chain
Dir Jack Gold (Film, 1984) 100 mins
Warren Mitchell; Bernard Hill; Billie Whitelaw

Ready When You Are, Mr McGill
Dir Mike Newell (1976) 60 mins
Joe Black; Barbara Moore-Black; Jack Shepherd

Another pair of Rosenthal scripts that show his deft skills at creating ensemble-based works that bring together a group of wonderfully realised characters whose paths cross in work based contexts. In The Chain a removal van has to juggle the needs of a group of house movers who are all key parts of the chain of the title. In Ready When You Are, Mr McGill, another piece for Granada Television directed by Mike Newell, a group of extras arrive to test the patience of Jack Shepard’s television director.