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Nuts in May

One of Mike Leigh’s best loved works, Nuts in May was first broadcast as part of the BBC’s Play For Today strand in 1976.

Keith (Roger Sloman) and Candice Marie (Alison Steadman) head to Dorset for a camping holiday. Their break has been organised with great precision by Keith who has filled their time with activities and refuses to budge from his finely honed itinerary.

When Ray pitches his tent next to them, Keith’s dreams of peace are destroyed, his annoyance (and jealousy) heightened when Candice Marie befriends the young man. The arrival of Finger and Honky, who refuse to follow the country code, makes things even worse, making Keith even more frustrated.

With thanks to the BFI National TV Archive.

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