On the Eve of Publication (1968)

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On the Eve of Publication was both the blanket title and the name of the first episode in this British TV trilogy of plays by David Mercer. Leo McKern starred in the first installment (originally aired November 27, 1968) as Robert Kelvin, a socialist newspaperman with a predilection for letting his heart rule his head. The second play, The Cellar and the Almond Tree, aired two years later over the BBC; this time, Andrew Keir was cast as Kelvin. Keir repeated the characterization for the trilogy's final entry, Emma's Time, which was seen on May 13, 1970.