becoming janes

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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.

Me after Season 1: I can’t wait for Season 2 to see Mileven reunited and happy again

Me during Season 2 and seeing Mike look out for Will, never leaving his side the entire season, sleeping on the floor and in hospital chairs just to keep close to him, instantly understand everything Will is trying to say, crying when telling Will that BEING HIS FRIEND WAS THE BEST DECISION HES EVER MADE: Well fuck

If Jane Austen wrote Star Trek:

Spock, the first officer whose advice was always effectual, possessed a strength of understanding, and coolness of judgement, which qualified him to be the counselor of the ship’s captain, and enabled him frequently to counteract, to the advantage of them all, that eagerness of mind in Captain Kirk which must generally have lead to imprudence. Spock had an excellent heart, positioned somewhere near his kidneys; his feelings were strong, but he knew how to govern them: it was a knowledge which his captain had yet to learn, and which one of his fellow crew members had resolved never to learn.

Dr. Leonard McCoy’s abilities were, in many respects, equal to Spock’s. He was sensible and clever; but eager in every thing; his sorrows, his joys, could have no moderation. He was generous, amiably cynical, interesting: he was everything but logical.

Eleven finally getting to see Mike again

Eleven getting adopted by Hopper

Eleven reuniting with Joyce and the boys

Eleven finally getting to go home

Eleven “saving everyone’s asses”

Eleven getting to eat her eggos

Eleven going to the snowball looking like a fucking queen and dancing with Mike

Eleven becoming Jane Hopper

Eleven finally getting to be happy