Directed by Mike Leigh and broadcast on UK television in 1976.
These ’70s British TV dramas are wonderful. Be they comedic or melodramatic, they always portray more realism than any other from the country (and many other countries for that matter). One would think that the titular party would be the main focus of this, but the audience does not in fact even see it. Characters go back and forth from it and we hear its music but we never delve outside of Berverly’s flat (played brilliantly by Alison Steadman).
The teleplay, mostly improvised by Leigh and his actors, is wonderfully written and despite it not ending quite the way I’d have liked (though a typical one for a play of this calibre) the performances are all splendid and match up perfectly to their characters and the things that make each of them tick.