Starring Yvonne Mitchell, Anthony Quayle, Carole Lesley, Andrew Ray, Sylvia Sims
Very early kitchen sink drama, ably directed by J Lee Thompson, and with a trio of superb performances at its centre. Sylvia Syms is solid and gorgeous as the young woman who thinks herself in love with her older work colleague, Anthony Quayle is excellent as the middle-aged man flattered by her attentions, but Yvonne Mitchell steals the show (predictably - did that woman ever do anything which was not superb? She picked up the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival for this) as the scatter-brained wife in the middle of the triangle.
Ted Willis' script is subtle and clever, populated by real people. It condemns nobody, but nor does it condone anything really, and even the supporting cast (Andrew Ray as son, Brian, and the beautiful Carole Lesley as the hot but unhappily married younger next door neighbour) are fleshed out to a greater extent than you'd expect. And kudos for casting Mitchell in the first place - the temptation must surely have been to cast Kathleen Harrison, in a role which seems designed for her, but I don't think she'd have carried off the edginess, the feeling that this is actually a woman spinning constantly on the verge of a nervous breakdown, that Mitchell achieves.
Like The World Ten Times Over (also starring Syms) this is proof that there was more to the British Kitchen Sink strand than Saturday Night, Sunday Morning and A Taste of Honey.