Having recently purchased the Catherine Cookson Collection boxed set comprising 23 full length feature titles, I am about half-way through watching the set. As often as my wife asks. "Which is your favourite?" after every viewing, to this date I have been hard pressed to choose just one I so love them all. Having just watched "The Wingless Bird", I think I can now answer her question with reassurance that it'll take some knocking to remove from that perch. I won't spoil your journey of discovery by discussing the plot or characters, as that's rather like slicing the centre from someone's ice cold piece of watermelon on a hot summer's day.
Suffice to say, yet again splendid casting and acting by all concerned, with period production values which simply highlight the travesty it is that these beautiful drama pieces were only recorded for TV on video in 1:33 & 1:66, and not shot in widescreen 70mm or at least 35mm with an anamorphic lens as they truly deserve. Regardless, despite the non-anamorphic letterbox presentation on a Full HD widescreen, the productions are unsurpassed and a credit to ITV given the only too well imagined restrictive budget. Festival too has done an admirable job in presenting each title on a DVD9 disc.
Set during the Edwardian age of transition from Victorian mores to post-Great war modernity, "The Wingless Bird" is about as good as Cookson gets. Definitely my favourite ITV Cookson production so far of the dozen watched, and that's approbation indeed. In two words. Don't hesitate. If you like Cookson, I should be surprised indeed if you don't like this tale.