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Losing Track 

In 1950, a man returns home to the UK from India after the death of his wife to build bridges with his son, but instead ends up building an elaborate model railway.

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Jim Lee

Writer:

Roger Eldridge (screenplay)
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Episode complete credited cast:
Alan Bates ... Henry Sitchell
Geraldine James ... Mrs. Dewey
Michael Culver ... Mr. Gervaise
Ben Holden Ben Holden ... Clive
Sue Roderick ... Ruby
James Copnall James Copnall ... Sidney "Rancid" Renton
Brinley Jenkins Brinley Jenkins ... Shopkeeper
Kirsten Jones Kirsten Jones ... Actress in Play
Caroline Stubbs Caroline Stubbs ... Women's Institute Lady
Lynette Edwards Lynette Edwards ... Actress in Play
Jack Walters Jack Walters ... Taxi Driver
Judith Humphreys Judith Humphreys ... Miss Nelson
Giles Thomas Giles Thomas ... Actor in Play
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In 1950, a man returns home to the UK from India after the death of his wife to build bridges with his son, but instead ends up building an elaborate model railway.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 October 1992 (UK) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Bonding/End Of Empire stuff...
10 April 2007 | by blacknorthSee all my reviews

Austere civil servant Alan Bates returns from India to resume his relationship with his young son...

This rather obscure BBC Screen One was aired once and thrown in the archives (though I understand copies were made available on DVD by a daily newspaper in Spain). Really it concerns the bonding between Bate's empire minded father and the son to whom he appears a rather forbidding, formal stranger.

There are some very good scenes - when Bates buys his son a toy train set and then appropriates it for himself as a reminder of the authority he once had in India (re the title, Losing Track). And I liked the possibilities of his growing relationship with his son's governess and housekeeper.

It's all very civilised and nicely handled and, though the final scene doesn't come as a complete surprise, it's worth seeing.


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