Specials: Improving the Species

American television networks seem to assume that their entire audience is below the age of consent. Thus the new season's most sophisticated entertainment may well be a British import drama rerun by NBC this Thursday, Male of the Species. First aired in the U.S. last January, the work is a dazzling, 90-minute model of urbanity.

The author is Welsh Dramatist Alun Owen, best known in the States as scenarist of the Beatles' film A Hard Day's Night. His males of the species are Paul Scofield, Michael Caine and Sean Connery—each, in...

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