|The Good and Faithful Servant|
|Written by||Joe Orton|
|Characters||Buchanan, Edith, Mrs. Vealfoy|
The Good and Faithful Servant is a darkly comic television play by the English playwright Joe Orton. It was originally written in 1964 and was filmed for British television by the company Associated-Rediffusion for ITV shortly before author Joe Orton's murder in 1967.
Buchanan, a doorman who has worked at the same company for fifty years is close to retirement when he meets Edith, a cleaning woman, who turns out to be his former lover and, unbeknownst to him, mother of his twin sons. Buchanan, destroys his retirement gifts after having reflected on a wasted life, and in the following scene we see Buchanan and Edith, whom he married, waking up in bed together and whilst she happily natters away Buchanan, tears running down his cheeks, closes his eyes and silently dies in bed next to her.
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