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Jeffrey, Peter (1929-1999)


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From his 20-odd films, Peter Jeffrey is now probably best remembered for the three films he did for Lindsay Anderson: If.... (1968), as the super-executive headmaster; O Lucky Man! (1973), as both coffee-factory boss and prison governor; and Britannia Hospital (1982), as the sceptical senior surgeon.

Harrow- and Cambridge-educated, a former teacher, he played with the Bristol Old Vic, the National and the RSC. He belongs to the great tradition of versatile, utterly dependable British character actors, as he showed on TV as well, in such diverse fare as Middlemarch (BBC, 1994), as the unmasked hypocrite Bulstrode, and Our Friends in the North (BBC, 1996).

Brian McFarlane, Encyclopedia of British Film

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Lindsay Anderson's unhinged satire of Thatcher's Britain

Thumbnail image of Early Bird, The (1965)Early Bird, The (1965)

Milkman Norman Wisdom tries to save Grimsdale's Dairy from takeover

Thumbnail image of All's Well That Ends Well (1981)All's Well That Ends Well (1981)

Visually striking BBC Television Shakespeare adaptation

Thumbnail image of Avengers, The (1961-69)Avengers, The (1961-69)

Ultra-stylish '60s spy drama that all but invented cult TV

Thumbnail image of Bill Brand (1976)Bill Brand (1976)

Ambitious series exploring the turmoil of the 1970s Labour Party

Thumbnail image of Crown Court (1972-84)Crown Court (1972-84)

Long-running afternoon court room drama series with a real-life jury

Thumbnail image of Elizabeth R (1971)Elizabeth R (1971)

Glenda Jackson's career-topping performance as the 'virgin queen'

Thumbnail image of Henry IV (1995)Henry IV (1995)

Television truncation of both parts of Shakespeare's masterpiece

Thumbnail image of Jewel in the Crown, The (1984)Jewel in the Crown, The (1984)

Acclaimed drama series set in the 1940s Indian Raj

Thumbnail image of Lipstick On Your Collar (1993)Lipstick On Your Collar (1993)

Dennis Potter's third and final 'serial with music', set during the Suez crisis

Thumbnail image of Middlemarch (1994)Middlemarch (1994)

Andrew Davies' dramatisation of George Eliot's classic novel

Thumbnail image of Old Crowd, The (1979)Old Crowd, The (1979)

Lindsay Anderson and Alan Bennett's portrait of a decadent, decaying world

Thumbnail image of Our Friends in the North (1996)Our Friends in the North (1996)

Epic portrait of four Newcastle friends, spanning the 1960s to the 1990s

Thumbnail image of Spread of the Eagle, The (1963)Spread of the Eagle, The (1963)

Nine-part miniseries adaptation of Shakespeare's Roman tragedies

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