Talking of Brief encounter, Trevor Howard also appeared, remarkably, in the title role of Sir Henry at Rawlinson End (Vivian Stanshall, 1980)
—yet another gem that I missed at the time.
It’s hard to classify—a Spike Milligan remake of Last year at Marienbad?
That was inedible muck. And there wasn’t enough of it.
Worthy of the great Flann O’Brien is the line
If I had all the money I’ve spent on drink—I’d spend it on drink.
Along with punk, the film was part of the rich tapestry of British culture at the time (please be upstanding for God save the queen)