This film features four bittersweet tales penned by W. Somerset Maugham (who provides an introduction and closing remarks). The stories (The Facts of Life, Alien Corn, The Kite, and, The Colonel's Lady) are all very different. 'The Facts of Life' is about a young man's first foray abroad to Paris and how he ignores all his father's advice about drinking, gambling and women! In 'Alien Corn', Dirk Bogarde plays a young man who wants to be a concert pianist above anything else, much to the displeasure of his family. 'The Kite' has a young George Cole who has matrimonial troubles because of his hobby of flying kites every weekend. 'The Colonel's Lady' has a first-class performance from Cecil Parker who plays the Colonel whose wife publishes a book of poetry that turns out to be a sensational success. Viewers will have their own favourites, but all the stories are excellent. If you like this, then you may also enjoy the other two DVDs in the series: 'Trio' and 'Encore'.