8:30pm – Saturday, May 26 on ABC2
While travelling with a busload of tourists in Spain, Lila (Maggie Smith), a prim, nervous forty-year-old English spinster, is unwilling to let anyone penetrate her staid reserve. After the amateurish approach of a Spanish gentleman both offends and frightens her, Lila meets Walter (Timothy Bottoms), an eighteen-yearold fellow tourist, and a hopeless college dropout who is so awkward that he’s comical.
Though he and Lila have nothing in common except a mutual lack of self-confidence, they are drawn to one another in a clumsy affair. Smitten with Lila, the impetuous youth tempts her into leaving the tour and traveling with him through Spain. When Lila has a minor accident en route, she is rescued by a Duke and taken to a lavish castle where he attempts to seduce her. Overcome with jealousy, Walter tries to persuade Lila to come back to him.
Directed by Alan J. Pakula, Love And Pain And The Whole Damn Thing stars Maggie Smith and Timothy Bottoms.