Cinema: Cartoons from Punch

THE RULING CLASS

Directed by PETER MEDAK Screenplay by PETER BARNES

A toast from the 13th Earl of Gurney: "To England, this teeming womb of privilege." His luncheon companions, each a member of the House of Lords, raise their glasses in solemn salute. Later, at home, his manservant Tucker (Arthur Lowe) offers the earl (Harry Andrews) his evening whisky and a selection of nooses on a silver salver. "May I suggest the silk, sir?" Tucker says respectfully. The earl accepts, and begins his evening ritual, first stripping to his long underwear, then donning a...

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