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OK but this classic is best heard on radio - or you could even read the book.
on 3 April 2014
Nostalgia time - I remember watching this on New Year's Eve 1976. Peter O'Toole's recent passing and the revelation of his passion for Geoffrey Household's claustrophobic 1930s thriller, made me dig out this DVD. It seems not to be one of O'Toole's better works, or compared to many of the classic WW2 TV dramas of TVs golden age (Colditz for example). The adaptation is pretty pedestrian and it's difficult to overcome the basic "suspend my disbelief" conundrum - how does a world-class big game hunter and survivalist get stuck in a hole in Dorset, and how on earth do his Nazi pursuers keep up and locate him, only to get kebabbed by the crudest assault imaginable?
The book is superb, the regularly repeated Radio 4 extra reading by Michael Jayston comes up fresh as paint every time, so this is a production with curiosity value for RM aficionados only, I'd say. Oh and for gents of my vintage, it offers some fleeting sightings of the gorgeous Cyd Hayman, as the rogue male's lost love, which as I've carried a torch for the lovely Cyd since her appearance in another 1970s WWII classic drama "Manhunt", is some compensation.