Play for Today: Season 9, Episode 14

Blue Remembered Hills (30 Jan. 1979)

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The title is taken from A.E. Housman's 1896 poem: "Into my heart an air that kills; From yon far country blows; What are those blue remembered hills..." It's 1943 on a summer's afternoon ... See full summary »

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The title is taken from A.E. Housman's 1896 poem: "Into my heart an air that kills; From yon far country blows; What are those blue remembered hills..." It's 1943 on a summer's afternoon and 7 children play in the fields & woods of old England. The children's roles are all played by adults to act as "A magnifying glass to show what it's like to be a child." Written by Steve Crook <steve@brainstorm.co.uk>

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Donald Duck: [playing house] I should bloody damn and bloody blast and bugger and bloody flaming bloody well think so and all. Give us a kiss!
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Potter's best?
5 June 2008 | by (London) – See all my reviews

This was Dennis Potter's simplest TV play, drawn apparently from vivid memories of his childhood in the Forest of Dean during WW2. Successive productions though became increasingly elaborate, obscure and reflecting obsessions with his own disabling illness and young women largely as sex objects. His increasing reputation coincided with an Emporer's clothes syndrome where each offering became ritually hailed as a masterpiece.

This is a faultless production where Potter's spot-on script and characterisations of a group of 12 year-olds are coupled to the novel but very successful device of having adults play children.

It is a simple original dish made of the best ingredients and impeccably cooked. Something nobody can fail to fully enjoy and appreciate.


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