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Loved the theme music and the Ruskin Air Services logo
on 15 July 2012
I'd almost forgotten about this early 1980s series from Yorkshire Television, but I am very pleased that I re-discovered it. Set just after World War II, it focuses on Jack Ruskin, a recently de-mobilised pilot from the RAF, who wants to keep flying. Opportunities for pilots were apparently not that numerous after the war, and the national airlines were sometimes reluctant to recruit many of the former RAF staff. As a result, Jack embarks on his idealistic dream of establishing his own airline company, buying one Dakota airplane and recruiting two friends to help him. What follows is a series of professional and personal adventures, all shaped by the underpinning theme of `Jack (I am always right) Ruskin against the world'.
Created by television stalwart Wilfred Greatorex, these are well rounded characters and most of it's fairly believable. Roy Marsden plays chippy Jack very well; Marsden has said publically that Ruskin was one of the roles with which he identified the most, and this certainly comes across in his empathic portrayal. The theme, by music legend Tony Hatch, is absolutely brilliant, and it's a crime that you can't get hold of a separate recording of this anywhere.
Picture and sound quality are both good considering the age of the source material. Great Sunday evening entertainment that puts most contemporary stuff to shame. Definitely worth the asking price.