A bright young teenage girl is 'farmed out' to relatives in the rural West Country during the Battle of Britain and makes many astute observations about life there.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Mrs. Thorn
Rupert Procter ...
Cherith Mellor ...
Mrs. Leithman
Radio / Pathe News Announcer (voice)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Joanna Jeffrees ...
Mother at Station


During World War II a London teenager, Jenny, is sent to spend the summer in the countryside where she will be safe. Staying with relatives she has not seen since she was a young child is initially daunting, but they are basically a kind family and they treat her well. One of her uncles is serving in North Africa and his very pretty wife is clearly unhappy. As events unfold, Jenny learns that she is having an affair. Jenny herself is at a age where romance is important and she develops a crush on a recuperating RAF pilot. As these complex relationships develop, tragedy ensues. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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31 December 1998 (UK)  »

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Jenny: [Last lines as narrator/protagonist] 'Children should be seen and not heard.' That's what Mrs. Thorn would say.
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References Gone with the Wind (1939) See more »

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Rupert Procter steals the show!!
1 June 2016 | by See all my reviews

This is a truly excellent, compelling, interesting, very well-made film. In particular, Rupert Procter, as Tom, steals the show in every one of his scenes. He is the epitome of a spellbinding man. I can never take my eyes off him every time I see this movie. Also, his acting, during every second he's shown, is of the absolute highest quality, and shows tremendous adaptability and versatility, as well as serious depth of character. I will never be able to say enough about how excellent Rupert Procter is in this film. He is the most talented actor I've ever seen anywhere, in anything. Every single one of the other actors and actresses gets their parts and characters exactly right--bang on, as people in England say. Honeysuckle Weeks is fabulous and so authentic as a teenager visiting relatives who are a bit irritable towards her. The actress playing Auntie Ella gets it exactly right as a young lady not getting along with her mother-in-law. I do also believe, very happily, that this film makes a very important, positive political statement. That statement isn't revealed til almost the very end, and is done with great sensitivity and respect for the issue I think it takes a stand on. In general, I encourage anyone, other than young children, to see this film--it is truly enriching.

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