A Voyage Round My Father is an autobiographical play by John Mortimer, later adapted for television.
In 1982 Mortimer turned the play back into a film for television (produced by Thames Television for ITV) with Laurence Olivier as the father, Alan Bates as the son, Elizabeth Sellars as the mother and Jane Asher as Elizabeth. This production was notable for including the blind actor Esmond Knight in a sighted role, as one judge Mortimer senior faces. It was filmed in Mortimer’s own house. It was aired on 2 March 1982.
Before creating the beloved courtroom drama Rumpole of the Bailey, writer John Mortimer found inspiration in his own life for this portrait of a difficult but enduring love between father and son in mid-20th-century Britain. Screen legend Laurence Olivier stars as the eccentric patriarch–a blind barrister so stubborn and cantankerous that he refuses to acknowledge his sightlessness. Alan Bates portrays his devoted son, who follows his father’s footsteps in the law while longing to become a writer, with Jane Asher as his wife. Adapted for the screen by Mortimer himself and filmed largely on location at his family estate in bucolic Oxfordshire, this production garnered multiple awards, including an International Emmy for best drama. By turns hilarious and heartbreaking, it captures the special bond between father and son, which at times seems unbearable–but ultimately unbreakable.
Jane Asher was nominated for the 1983 BAFTA TV Awards as a best actress for her role.
Photos 1 & 2) From the net.
Photos 3 to 5) ebay auction listings.
Photos 6 to 10) FremantleMedia Ltd/REX/Shutterstock
On the 10th photo it seems Jane looks pregnant. I haven’t seen the TV film, so I don’t know if she was pregnant for real (her son Alexander was born on December 1981) or if it was just for her role.