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Christine Peacock
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DS Lawrence Pitman
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WPC Rachel McMahon
Stephen Moore ...
Ralph
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Linda Taylor
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Trevor Ramsay
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Mr Brewster
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Jeanie
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Clive Peacock is a postman in a small seaside town in Dorset. He's happy in his job and doesn't want it to change. But new technology is being introduced in his sorting office. Since he can't drive, and since deliveries by bicycle are deemed to be "old fashioned", he is offered early retirement. But he doesn't want to retire. On his last day, he collects the post from the pillar box... and decides to deliver it by hand himself as a protest. And so he starts out on a long journey by bike all around Britain, delivering each letter personally. He is hotly pursued by the police (who want to arrest him for "stealing Her Majesty's mail") and by the media (who see a great human interest story and turn him into a celebrity). But he manages to stay one step ahead of them, making many friends along the way. Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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A Gem!
23 May 2016 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

This is a gem of a production from the BBC. They have given it a treatment one would more traditionally associate with ITV, and have done themselves proud.

I won't reiterate the plot as that has adequately been described above, and probably more succinctly than I could achieve. I never write reviews, but the paucity of comment compelled me to at least register my distinct pleasure basking in this production.

It has a leisurely pace, without feeling slow. It feels constantly fresh, reinforced by the delightfully simple score, and the stunning visuals.

It is a romantic tale, in the mold of Cervantes rather than Barbara Cartland. It is a charming, heart-warming story, with a clever satirical bite, societal commentary, and subtle humour. It explores some lofty concepts such as the pursuit of happiness, sense of duty, freedom of choice, and life's purpose.

While it may not be everyone's cup of tea, I think it is so delicately and cleverly written that it has broader appeal than first appearances might suggest. It was, for me, a beautiful, serendipitous find, and well deserving of its 8.1 ranking. Well done, and thank you to all concerned.


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