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Double Bill/ Off to University

Eskimo Day
Dir Piers Haggard (1996, 85 mins)
Maureen Lipman; David Ross; Tom Wilkinson; Alec Guinness

Cold Enough for Snow
Dir Piers Haggard (1997, 91 mins)
Maureen Lipman; David Ross; Benedict Sandiford

As this season has shown, Rosenthal was a master of turning his own experiences into drama. Here he confronts with comic aplomb parents’ ‘empty nest syndrome’. Two great examples of Rosenthal’s later, mature work, together these two BBC television films follow the exploits of a group of aspiring students seeking places at Cambridge University and the tribulations of their parents having to face a rather quieter future.