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4.0 out of 5 stars Old-Fashioned Heartwarming Drama, 14 Dec 2011
This review is from: To Serve Them All My Days [DVD] [1980] (DVD)
I enjoyed "To Serve them All My Days" immensely. Each hour-long episode is riveting with dramatic suspense. There are three episodes per disc, on four discs--and it was all I could do to wait until the next evening to watch the next--except the last disc, which, to my disappointment, had only two episodes (I did not want the story to end!).

This film, made in 1980, is one of the old-fashioned BBC dramas, which emphasised quality in production, costume, and setting. It goes without saying that the characters are superbly acted [I especially liked Algie, the first Headmaster]. The story is heartwarming; in fact, one may want to keep a box of tissues handy for the weepy bits. Set in a venerable but minor British Public School, the production, which was filmed at Milton Abbey in Dorset, focuses on the lives of the Masters and their charges from 1916 to approximately 1931.

Although the cinematography is excellent, the color has, unfortunately, deteriorated, especially the skies, which have become pale, and if characters are standing with the sky at their backs, haloes hover slightly over their heads. This, however, is only an occasional problem, and the story is so interesting that I did not let it bother me.

I did notice significant changes in the story, which I first heard as a BBC radio series, based on the novel, but the series is strong enough to stand on its own.

If you like action-packed adventure, "To Serve Them All My Days" is not for you, but if you like quality drama, about an England that has largely vanished, this film will indubitably be your cup of quality tea!
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Initial post: 27 Feb 2012 00:12:04 GMT
Milton Abbey and not Milton Keynes, thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on 27 Feb 2012 00:54:00 GMT
F. S. L'hoir says:
Thank you kindly for your correction. I'll edit it immediately.
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