Leonie has just divorced Morgan on the grounds that, among other offences, he shaved a poodle so that it had a hammer and sickle on its back. Mercer’s darkly comic story of the personal breakdown of Morgan suggests that this ex-Communist and failed writer is unable to live in the world as he experiences it with any kind of conformity.
He harasses his now ex-wife and her new lover with a series of bizarre pranks, lynching a woollen dog, playing a tape of jungle noises through the keyhole, replacing their Picasso print with a photograph of a gorilla. Written in three weeks, Mercer’s script demolished much of the received wisdom about the rules of television drama, and was adapted by Mercer into the film Morgan in 1966.
A Suitable Case for Treatment was first broadcast by BBC Television in 1962.