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4.0 out of 5 stars Who Is Looking After The Children ?
The Children is a story about life in modern society. In this case it's England, but it could just as easily be the USA, Australia, or any European country when men and women work,and small children are looked after by a child care centre, or a baby sitter or nanny.
Little Emily is eight years old and lives with her mother,whilst her father, a self absorbed disc...
Published on 22 Oct 2009 by Stargazer

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3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Drama...
This was turning out to be a pretty good 3 part drama right up until the last 15 minutes when the truth is revealed and it all seems completely pointless and a waste of time and to be honest, it's not hard to work out the 'who dunnit!' twist.
The acting is superb, and the story was going places, but it all soon feels rushed and the little girl becomes very...
Published on 16 Feb 2009 by Adam


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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who Is Looking After The Children ?, 22 Oct 2009
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Stargazer (St.Kilda, Victoria Australia) - See all my reviews
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The Children is a story about life in modern society. In this case it's England, but it could just as easily be the USA, Australia, or any European country when men and women work,and small children are looked after by a child care centre, or a baby sitter or nanny.
Little Emily is eight years old and lives with her mother,whilst her father, a self absorbed disc jockey, is living with a younger woman who has just given birth to their first child. Emily's mother has begun a live in relationship with her new man,(Kevin Whateley) who has a son around 14 years old. Whateley's ex-wife,(played brilliantly by Lesley Sharp) is a vain,selfish woman, torn apart by jealousy and too much alchohol.
When Whateley's ex kicks her son out of their home, Whateley takes him in to his new home, with disastrous consequences.
The Children is not an easy series to watch. We see parents trying to please new partners, neglecting their children in the process. All of this is clothed in an aura of insecurity,insincerity, with the two children trying desperately to fit into an ever changing landsape, of new homes,new rules,new people.
Then they watch with growing fear,trepidation, and alarm as their position within these brittle relationships is gradually whittled away.
Emily tells her mother that Jack comes into her room while she's asleep, and when that little tit-bit doesn't get the desired reaction from her mother and Jack's father, she ups the ante to rape.
Kevin Whateley (as Jack's dad) doesn't believe her for one moment, but is forced into damage control when Emily's mother wants to get the police involved. So he and Jack move to a hotel - Jack's mother doesn't want them camping on her doorstep - where Whateley blames his son for their predicament.
One of the most moving, poignant moments in The Children, is when Jack weeps and tells his girlfriend he has nowhere to go,no-one wants him.
Then someone confronts Emily in her own backyard at home, and after back handing her, she falls backwards through a glass window and dies. We see a series of confrontations between Emily and her parents, step parents, and Jack and friend Mary.
Only one of these really happened,so it's our job to work out Who Done It.
The Children was written by Lucy Gannon, one of the better writers of television in the UK, so we were in good hands. Highly recommended.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Drama..., 16 Feb 2009
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This was turning out to be a pretty good 3 part drama right up until the last 15 minutes when the truth is revealed and it all seems completely pointless and a waste of time and to be honest, it's not hard to work out the 'who dunnit!' twist.
The acting is superb, and the story was going places, but it all soon feels rushed and the little girl becomes very irritating, and it reaches the point where you're not really bothered who killed her, why or what their motive was.
And if like me, you tuned in for 3 weeks to ITV, I should imagine you were fairly dissapointed with the outcome of the series. Dissapointing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Used itv dvd, 4 Mar 2014
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Ordered this despite a seemingly high price, it arrived very promptly it was well packed for mailing.The product played well and made excellent viewing.
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