The Largest Theatre in the World: Heart to Heart

Synopsis: A TV interviewer is determined to get a coup on a dodgy cabinet minister.
Genre: Drama
80 min


Yes, I would agree with that.

How does a man fulfil himself in life?

I would say that a man fulfils himself

by the knowledge that

he has always tried what to do is right

rather than what is expedient.

Well, can a man always distinguish

between the two?

-Oh, I think so.


Well, there is a thing

called conscience.

Oh, but consciences vary, surely?

A certain action to one man

may seem right, to another wrong.

Yes, I agree. I'm not claiming there are

any absolute standards.

But the only certain

rule in life is that

happiness lies in doing one's duty.

And one's duty is to do what

seems right to one at the time,

even though, ultimately,

it may prove wrong.

Even though it may harm not only

yourself but other persons?

Oh, I think so. There's no doubt about

that at all, in my mind, anyway.

No, a man must always try to do his duty

as he sees that duty at the time.

I don't think there's any escape

from that, Mr Mann.

You've had a very long career, Sir John.

-Thirty five years.

-Thirty five years.

In your first year as a barrister,

how much did you earn?

-Exactly 15.

-And last year?

Oh, don't worry about

the inspector of taxes.

If he should be looking in, you can

always say it was a slip of the tongue.

Might I suggest it was nearer

fifteen thousand than fifteen?

Well, yes, I suppose you could

suggest that.

So you consider that your life has been

a long and successful journey?

-We'll take three next.

-Camera three.

Certainly and successful, if you judge

success purely by increase of income.

Well, surely that's not an unusual way

of measuring success.

He's rambling a bit.

Joe, he hasn't looked at his clock.

Does he know he's only got 90 seconds?

Not unusual, I agree,

but not, in my view, the best one.

Well, I'm afraid our time

is getting short

so I must come to my last,

my final question.

Well, I shall try to face it bravely.

How does a man fulfil himself in life?


You've already asked me that question.

-Oh, Lord! Has he been, uh...

-I often, I often,

-ask a key question twice, Sir John.

-Load the captions.

-John, be ready to cut off sound.

-Sometimes one gives

a different answer the second time.

You, as a lawyer, would appreciate

the value in cross-examining...

In a court of law, I am never

allowed to repeat a question

that has already been answered.

Yes, but this isn't a court of law,

Sir John, this is Heart to Heart.

And, in conclusion, may I say

what a very rewarding experience

it has been for me to have had you

as my 59th victim.

Well, I will say he has a sublime gift

for recovery.

Cue Grams. Sublime?

I mean, it's got to be, hasn't it?

-Two, track in as usual.

-Super captions.

Cue announcer.

You have just seen

the 59th edition of Heart to Heart,

a British Television Company


In on victim.

And in tonight's Heart to Heart,

the victim...

Super his caption.

-Was Sir John Dawson-Brown QC.


-And your grand inquisitor, as always...

-Super his captions.

David Mann.

Take it out. Cue David.

And so, ladies and gentlemen,

we come to the end of another edition

of Heart to Heart.

Tomorrow night, at our usual 9:15,

we will present the last programme

in our present series.

And for this special occasion, we've

chosen a man who I'm sure you'll agree

is a very special victim indeed.

None other than a...

A man whose, whose meteoric rise

in politics, ladies and gentlemen,

has made his name

the talk of the nation.

Appointed only a few days ago,

his name has now become

a household word.

It's a name, ladies and gentlemen...

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Terence Rattigan

Sir Terence Mervyn Rattigan, CBE (10 June 1911 – 30 November 1977) was a British dramatist. He was one of England's most popular mid twentieth century dramatists. His plays are typically set in an upper-middle-class background. He wrote The Winslow Boy (1946), The Browning Version (1948), The Deep Blue Sea (1952) and Separate Tables (1954), among many others. A troubled homosexual, who saw himself as an outsider, his plays centred on issues of sexual frustration, failed relationships, and a world of repression and reticence. more…

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