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Dreams of Leaving is also the name of a track on the Human League's avant garden second album 'Travelogue', also released in 1980. presumably they borrowed the name after hearing it on Play for Today.

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    • Author: Hra
    I would be interested to know whether the quote 'Our lives dismay us.....we have dreams of leaving' originated with David Hare, or whether he was quoting from someone else's work. I have not been able to find it anywhere else. I find it a very haunting phrase, and I had an idea it might have been Yeats--but it seems not, or I would have been able to locate it. I remember seeing this play on television many years ago--I can't remember much about the play itself now, except that it had a bittersweet tone that the quote perfectly expresses. Great performance by a young Bill Nighy, and Kate Nelligan, of course, who featured a lot on British television at the time. Did she also play the mother in the film 'Prince of Tides' a few years later?
  • Episode cast overview, first billed only:
    Bill Nighy Bill Nighy - William
    Kate Nelligan Kate Nelligan - Caroline
    Andrew Seear Andrew Seear - Andrew
    Mel Smith Mel Smith - Xan
    Johnny Shannon Johnny Shannon - Stievel
    Helen Lindsay Helen Lindsay - Mrs. Alexander
    Julian Littman Julian Littman - Aaron
    Charles Dance Charles Dance - Colin
    Hilton McRae Hilton McRae - Robert
    Tony Mathews Tony Mathews - Gallery Owner
    Gary Holton Gary Holton - Keith
    Raymond Brody Raymond Brody - Keith's Lawyer
    David Ryall David Ryall - Drunken Journalist
    Maria Harper Maria Harper - Laura
    George Raistrick George Raistrick - Doctor
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