The Men's Room
|The Men's Room|
|Based on||The Men's Room by Ann Oakley|
|Directed by||Antonia Bird|
|Composer(s)||Sarah Jane Morris|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Original release||25 September –|
23 October 1991
The Men's Room is a British television drama miniseries that was produced by the BBC and originally aired on BBC2 from 25 September to 23 October 1991. The BBC heavily promoted it for the sex scenes it contained. The series, which comprises five 50-minute episodes, was adapted by Laura Lamson from Ann Oakley's 1989 novel of the same name, and stars Bill Nighy, Harriet Walter, Amanda Redman, Charlotte Cornwell and James Aubrey.
A black comedy and period piece set during the Thatcher years, it tells the story of an affair between two academics: a previously devoted wife and mother, Charity Walton (Walter), and a serial womanizer, Mark Carleton (Nighy).
Nighy credits the series as being his breakthrough role. Following the broadcast, Amanda Redman became much better-known than Harriet Walter, the female lead.
- Bill Nighy as Prof. Mark Carlton
- Harriet Walter as Charity Walton
- Patrick Drury as James Walton
- Mel Martin as Jane Carleton
- Amanda Redman as Sally
- Charlotte Cornwell as Margaret Lacey
- James Aubrey as Steve Kirkwood
- Bill Stewart as Doctor Ivan Swinhoe
- Cheryl Hall as Mavis McDonald
- David Ryall as Alan Pascoe
- Kate Hardie as Tessa Pascoe
- Tilly Vosborough as Delia
- Philip Croskin as Mack MacKinnon
Home media release
The series was released on DVD in 2013.
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