A semi-autobiographical coming-of-age story set in the Cotswolds during and immediately after the First World War.

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Laurie Lee (voice)
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Annie Lee
Georgie Smith ...
Young Loll
Teddie-Rose Malleson-Allen ...
Frances (as Teddy Rose Malleson-Allen)
Dylan Turland ...
Young Jack
Georgia Brinkworth ...
Young Phyl
Emma Curtis ...
Marge
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Doth
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Mrs Moore
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Vicar
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June Whitfield ...
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Private James Harris
Sarah Sweeney ...
Miss Buckley
Isabella Polkinghorne ...
Young Jo
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In 1918, with her husband working in the War office - and subsequently leaving the family - devoted mother Annie Lee takes her step-daughters and her own children to live in the idyllic Gloucestershire countryside, the youngest being the sickly Laurie, known as Loll. Here they witness two feuding matrons, Granny Trill and Granny Wallon and shelter a young army deserter hiding in the woods until his capture. At school Loll and his classmates are terrorized by the formidable teacher Crabby until hulking Spadge Hopkins literally puts her in her place. Far more important to Loll's schooldays are the captivating Burdock sisters, Jo and Rosie, and, as he grows into adolescence and beyond, eventually leaving home to seek his fortune, he samples the delights of cider with Rosie. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The soldier describes himself as 'private first class'. There is no such rank in the British army. See more »

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The cycle that Laurie piggybacks on with his mother has a very modern brake lever, probably from a mountain bike and cable brakes - at the time the film is set the brakes would most likely have been connected by to the levers by rods. See more »

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Halcyon days...
27 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A truly magical production, enjoyed all the more for not being encumbered with an all-star cast (although Samantha Morton was rather wonderful as the author's mother, Annie, and Timothy Spall rolled his 'r's in an authentic Gloucestershire accent, narrating with excerpts taken directly from the book as the author himself).

The film was dotted with cameos, perhaps most notably Annette Crosbie as Granny Trill, and there are lots of recognizable faces, but the whole cast performed their tasks in an understated and businesslike fashion-a large cast, as the film dips in and out of different periods of the author's early life in a seemingly random fashion, reminiscent of the book upon which it was based.

Quite how the production team managed to return Slad (the actual village where Lee grew up) to its pre-war look, I have no idea, but it worked beautifully, and the English countryside never looked more alluring. When Lee published Cider With Rosie in 1959, he acknowledged that this world had already passed us by forever, so to re-create it for a Sunday night TV drama was no mean feat...

The costumes were right, the language was right-even the slang, and there was just the right amount of magic dust sprinkled throughout the whole film...

Cider With Rosie used to be part of every English schoolboy's literary canon, but has recently fallen out of favour. I hope there were enough English Literature teachers watching who remember how good & enjoyable a work this is, and will start setting it again as a required text. I know this was part of a short season of BBC modern literary dramatizations, but I hope that in this case, the BBC might consider commissioning an adaptation of the sequel, 'As I Stepped Out One Midsummer's Morning', which has been woefully neglected over the years...

All in all, a marvellous production, not to be missed-it has, in one stroke, re-established my faith in BBC drama... For those of you yet to see it-I'm jealous!..


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