Oxbridge Blues

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Oxbridge Blues
Genre Drama
Written by Frederic Raphael
Theme music composer Richard Holmes
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 7
Producer(s) James Cellan Jones
Cinematography John Hooper
Running time 75 minutes
Production company(s) BBC
Original network BBC2
Original release 14 November (1984-11-14) – 19 December 1984 (1984-12-19)

Oxbridge Blues is a British television mini-series, produced by the BBC and first shown in 1984. It is an anthology of seven 75-minute teleplays, most of which focus on relationships of one kind or another. Most of the teleplays except one take place in England; "He'll See You Now" takes place in the U.S., and "Sleeps Six" takes place in England and France. The series won the 1987 CableACE Award for Best Dramatic Series, and individual episodes garnered several other awards and nominations.[1]

The eponymous first teleplay in the series, "Oxbridge Blues", was nominated for a BAFTA television award for Best Single Drama. The series was broadcast in the U.S. on A&E in 1986 and on PBS in 1988.[2] In Australia, the series was broadcast on ABC in 1987.[3]

The seven teleplays are dramatized from short stories by the novelist Frederic Raphael, and he described the series as "mostly kind of chamber pieces — modest dramas about love and sex and honour and marriage".[2] Raphael directed one episode, James Cellan Jones directed four, and Richard Stroud directed two.

In December 1984, the BBC published the seven teleplays together in book form, entitled Oxbridge Blues and Other Plays for Television.[4]


Each episode of Oxbridge Blues is a separate and unrelated story, with different characters in each.

# Title Director Original airdate
1 "Oxbridge Blues" James Cellan Jones 14 November 1984 (1984-11-14)
Two rival brothers find their fame and fortune is dramatically altered when one becomes a best-selling sex novelist.
2 "That Was Tory" Richard Stroud 21 November 1984 (1984-11-21)
Old passions and new jealousies provoke an odd coupling between a married man and the wife of his good friend.
3 "Similar Triangles" James Cellan Jones 28 November 1984 (1984-11-28)
The thrill is gone for two adulterous lovers when the spouse of one dies.
4 "He'll See You Now" Frederic Raphael 28 November 1984 (1984-11-28)
A neurotic actress is tempted into a more intimate relationship with her analyst.
5 "The Muse" Richard Stroud 5 December 1984 (1984-12-05)
A wimpish cartoonist takes on the rough-'n-tumble personality traits of his most popular character.
6 "Cheap Day" James Cellan Jones 12 December 1984 (1984-12-12)
A chance meeting with a handsome stranger tempts a happily married woman into testing the waters of infidelity.
7 "Sleeps Six" James Cellan Jones 19 December 1984 (1984-12-19)
An idyllic holiday in the South of France turns into an ordeal for a film producer and his loving wife.

Main cast[edit]


The series theme music was composed by Richard Holmes, and sung by the English group Cantabile.

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • The series won the 1987 CableACE Award for Best Dramatic Series.[1]
  • The first episode, "Oxbridge Blues", was nominated for a BAFTA television award for Best Single Drama.[1][5]
  • Susan Sarandon won the 1987 CableACE Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series for her performance in the episode "He'll See You Now".[1]
  • Frederic Raphael won the 1987 CableACE Award for Best Writing a Dramatic Series, for episode "Sleeps Six".[1]
  • Ben Kingsley was nominated for a CableACE Award for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for his performance in the episode "Sleeps Six".[1]


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