A Perfect Hero [DVD]
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All six episodes of the TV drama starring Nigel Havers as a recovering WWII pilot trying to adapt to life after being shot down. After suffering horrific facial burns when the bomber he is piloting is shot down, Hugh Fleming (Havers)'s once promising future lies in ruins. Abandoned by his girlfriend, and forced to sit out the war while his former colleagues fight on, Fleming's only hope lies with an offer of help from renowned plastic surgeon Angus Meikle (James Fox).
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The story is drawn heavily from the real life and remarkable Richard Hillary who was a very good writer as his book "Last Enemy" demonstrates. Reading this will help understand the difficulties people like our perfect hero "Hugh Flemming" faced.
Many "stars" are in the cast and Nigel Havers is perfectly cast, as is James Fox as the "plastic surgeon" who physically and mentally put these chaps back together. Bernard Hepton admirably plays the stiff upper lip Father, exercising his authority over "Mother" with typical politeness of the era.
If I have one criticism - and it is hardly that - it is the comparatively gentle portrayal of the horrific injuries these young men suffered - and the degree of pain - the mental and emotional traumas. Notwithstanding I think it came across sufficiently, Unlike many productions today which do nothing but encourage our immunity to mutilation and suffering.
I would hope then that this production will appeal to a large cross section of the community, as well as the mature of mind.
This DVD film of all the tv series episodes is brilliantly played by Nigel Havers and adds to the books The Last Enemy by Richard Hillary, that became a best selling classic and also the other two books on him by Lovat Dickson and Michael Burns. Superb, funny, moving, the scenes are realistic and the battle scenes too. It is also a good series contained in 1 DVD package and unlike others requires no further outlay for further purchases. Well worth the money and also a good story, well acted and appealing to the whole family. Not just for enthusiasts. The flying scenes with Spitfires and Ray Hanna are worth the price alone. Buy It! Paul Davies BoBHSc
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I rember watching this as a 13yr old and have never forgotten it. fantastic program based on some remarkable man and womenPublished on 6 July 2009 by Ms. Cr Brown