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Superb heart-warming drama with deep undercurrents and comedy moments that Noel Coward would be proud of
Morgan's boy was one of the finest productions of the mid 80s. Heart warming story about a spiteful teenager who moves to Wales and grows into a wonderful, thoughtful, responsible adult. Superbly acted and a watertight script. The main character Lee Turner is spunky and knows his own mind even at such a tender age and is not afraid to say what he thinks.
It touches discretely on a range of taboo topics that were seldom mentioned in those days, such as homosexuality, bullying of gays in small-town Wales, the relationships between older and younger men. Even incest is alluded to. The scriptwriter uses language that is in a way Bennettonian - trimmed down, to the point, percussive, hard-hitting.
It's interesting to see a take on Mwgabay and Zimbabwe from nearer the time when the revolution happened. And it's notable that the few female characters are depicted as being self-obsessed and undermining. I'm not sure if it was the intention to give the production homo-erotic appeal but the two main young male actors were both smolderingly handsome. The old lady character, Eileen played by Maxine Audley delivers some hilarious one-liners that Noel Coward would be proud of. Its a shame the BBC never repeated the series or released it on DVD. I am lucky enough to have a copy from the old days of VHS and re-watch the series often.
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