Willougby's Phoney War



"1938: Britain's on the brink of war, but men like are desperate for action.

Britain's on the brink of a Second World War, but men like subaltern Charles Willoughby are desperate for action.

The ludicrous frustrations of peacetime are nothing compared to the absurdities of the war itself when it begins in 1939...

William Fox's wartime drama stars Jeremy Irons as Charles Willougby.

With Anna Massey as Charity, Madeline Smith as Clarissa, Charles Hodgson as Peregrine, Jeffrey Wickham as Christopher, William Fox as the Commanding Officer, Mary Wimbush as Mona, Manning Wilson as the Sergeant, John Rye as the Adjutant, Rod Beacham as Harris, Kenneth Shanley as the Batman, Peter Wickham as Male Guest, Jonathan Scott as the Company Commander, Malcolm Gerard as OC Ship, Robert Trotter as the NCO and Alvar Lidell as the Newsreader.

Director: John Tydeman

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in 1978.