After Pilkington

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After Pilkington
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Written bySimon Gray
Directed byChristopher Morahan
StarringBob Peck
Miranda Richardson
Gary Waldhorn
Barry Foster
Reina James
Richard Brenner
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes1
Running time100 minutes
Original release25th January 1987

After Pilkington is a BBC television drama film (a black comedy) written by Simon Gray, starring Miranda Richardson, Bob Peck and Barry Foster. It was first broadcast in 1987.


The quiet life of Oxford professor James Westgate (Bob Peck) is shattered when he is introduced to Penny (Miranda Richardson), the wife of his crass new colleague (Barry Foster). Westgate recognises her as his childhood sweetheart, and the two resume their friendship. Westgate is bored with his mundane college life, including his German friend Boris who experiments on animals in the lab, and the attentions of a shy male student who claims to be in love with him, so he is only too happy to be diverted into joining Penny in her search for missing archaeologist Pilkington (a fellow Oxford colleague). As Westgate's obsession with his childhood friend grows, he is drawn into a tangle of misunderstanding, intrigue, and murder. Bob Peck imbues his character with comic ineptitude.

The film frequently has the 4th movement from Schubert's Trout Quintet on the soundtrack.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Best Actress (nomination): Miranda Richardson - BAFTA TV Awards
  • Best Fiction (won) - Prix Italia

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