Play for Today (1970–1984)
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Land of Green Ginger 

Faced with the prospect of being sent to work abroad, Sally Brown returns home from London to Hull, to see if she still feels the same attachment for her home town - and for her old ... See full summary »





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Episode complete credited cast:
John Flanagan ...
Mrs. Brown
Ivy Cawood ...
Mrs. Thurlow
Clive Hunter ...
Taxi Driver
Ted Denyer ...
Uncle Jack


Faced with the prospect of being sent to work abroad, Sally Brown returns home from London to Hull, to see if she still feels the same attachment for her home town - and for her old boyfriend Mike Thurlow. Will she decide to take the job abroad or return to live with Mike in Hull? Written by Anonymous

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15 January 1973 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Despite its fairy-tale-like name, there really is a street in Hull called Land of Green Ginger. See more »


[telling Sally about the perils of being a skipper on a fishing trawler]
Mike Thurlow: I could run the flaming boat on a sandbank ten minutes out of St Andrews. Or get iced up in the Arctic - down like a stone. Anything could happen. Worst thing of all could happen.
Sally Brown: The worst thing?
Mike Thurlow: The thing you don't get away with, no forgiveness - if you don't catch no fish. They'll let you run aground - there'll be no comeback if the charts are wrong or the fog's thick. Get knocked-off for poaching round Iceland - they'll...
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A girl returns to Hull with a decision to make
24 August 2012 | by See all my reviews

The city of Hull may not seem to be the most romantic of settings, but this Play For Today is a touching story of love that might have been.

Sally Brown returns to her hometown to visit her mam's new home on an anonymous new high-rise outside Hull.Her real motive is to discover the depth of commitment of her boyfriend Mike. Mike is a trawler man with the hope of a captain's ticket, but Sally wants him to get a shore job.

Sally also is upwardly mobile, with the certainty of a promotion to a job abroad.Will she take this, or come back to Hull to settle down.

But more than this, Land Of Green Ginger is a beautiful depiction of the life and times of the people of Hull at an historic point in the history of the east coast of England. Reference is made to the coming Humber bridge, the demolition of the old housing stock and the creation of the tower block.

And with the benefit of hindsight we plead with Mike not to devote himself to the trawler man's life which would,in a few years, be destroyed by the imposition of quotas and regulations.

For a period piece like this, Sally is an extremely strong, determined female character. At the end, we know who has the more promising future.

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