In Frank Marcus’ comedy, Sister George is a beloved character on a popular BBC soap opera, a cheerful nurse who bicycles about the countryside singing hymns and doing good. In private life, June Buckridge the actress, is a swaggering, foul-mouthed alcoholic.
Due to low ratings, cut-backs and June’s own bad behavior, the BBC decides to kill off Sister George on the series. A visit from Miss Mercy Croft, a no-nonsense network executive bearing the bad news sends “George” into meltdown.
Usually regarded as a parody of the killing of Grace Archer in The Archers, the 1964 West End production starred Beryl Reid as George.