Five centuries ago a mural was created in a country church in the north of England and then hidden under layers of white paint. Looking at it again will be a distraction, the Rev. Mr. Keach... See full summary »
In 1903, a young Scotswoman goes to join her diplomat fiancé in Manchuria. She marries him, and finds herself in a war zone. Disenchanted with her husband, she falls in love with a married ... See full summary »
In 1975, the BBC made a film version of Cider with Rosie, also approved
by Laurie Lee, and featuring Rosemary Leach as the mother. The earlier
production is a triumph compared to this one, with a wonderful
semi-impressionistic view of this dramatisation of English village life
after the first world war.
In the 1975 version, look for example at the final shot where we see
the young Laurie passing the real life elderly Laurie. What a glorious
touch! Fortunately I have the first version on tape (and now preserved
on a DVD!).
This later version, sadly, is strictly run of the mill made-for-TV
drama compared to the 1975 one, which was produced by Eileen Diss and
scripted by Hugh Whitemore, 2 of the BBC's greatest!.
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