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  • 1992-05-11T23:00:00Z on ITV
  • 90 mins
  • 4 hours, 30 mins (3 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama
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A darkly comic, take-no-prisoners satire, Anglo-Saxon Attitudes skewers British social and academic hypocrisy to the very core. Richard Johnson stars as Gerald Middleton, a distinguished, retired historian coming to terms with his life’s folly. As a student, Middleton witnessed the unearthing of the Melpham idol, a pagan fertility figure that electrified modern medieval scholarship by turning up in the grave of a 7th-century bishop. He also began an affair with Dollie - the fiancée of his best friend, the man who had privately confessed to planting the idol as a hoax. While trying to reveal the truth, Middleton wrestles with his monstrously overbearing wife and their three emotionally dysfunctional children.

Based on the novel by Angus Wilson, the story teems with outlandish characters engaged in all manner of deceit, especially the most damning of all: self-deception.

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3 episodes

1x01 Episode 1

  • Series Premiere

    1992-05-11T23:00:00Z — 90 mins

The tomb of a medieval Bishop is unearthed in the grounds of Melpham House and hailed as one of the most important archaeo- logical finds of the century.

1x02 Episode 2

  • 1992-05-18T23:00:00Z — 90 mins

Gerald Middleton tries to find out the truth behind the discovery of the Melpham idol.

1x03 Episode 3

  • 1992-05-25T23:00:00Z — 90 mins

Gerald, haunted by memories from the past and guilt, searches for Dollie Stokesay.

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