I quite enjoyed this performance which is like 'Mr Tom' in reverse. Maureen Lipman binds the film together. Any evacuation movie must be an improvement on the awful 'The Hope and the Glory'. This is more than just a glimpse of the separation of children from parents. It focuses particularly on two Jewish boys who find themselves in an alien environment known as Blackpool. The dreadful woman with whom they are billeted makes Mr Murdstone look like Father Christmas. She scorns their religious needs, deprives them of any affection and makes them feel that Hitler and his bombs are a much better alternative. Cut off from their adoring Jewish grandmother and clobbered by a local gang of boys they make a pitiful scenario. The bespectacled Zucherman is a wonderful character who helps his unfortunate classmates to run away. My favourite scene is in the classroom when the teacher cannot cope with the loving grandmother who slobbers all over her two grandchildren, while the rest of the class is in hysterics. I believe that this scenario (written by Jack Rosenthal) illustrates the very essence of Jewishness with its dedication to a happy family life. I felt for the two little boys, exiled to alien Blackpool and ignored by those who should have looked after them.