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East Of Ipswich 1987

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Michael Palin pens this coming-of-age comedy drama based on memories of his own childhood holidays in the 1950s. Bored teenager Richard (Edward Rawle-Hicks) is a reluctant holiday-maker staying at a guest house on the Suffolk coast with his parents. Things start to look up when he is befriended by the confident and gregarious Edwin (John Wagland). Giving their parents the slip, the pair embark on an illicit mission to meet girls and experience a bit of life.

Starring:
Joan Sanderson, Janine Duvitski
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Product Details

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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 12 minutes
Starring Joan Sanderson, Janine Duvitski, Edward Rawle-Hicks, Janine Hinchley, John Nettleton
Director Tristram Powell
Genres Drama
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 24 August 2009
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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High time this wonderful play was available on DVD, twenty-three years after it was first shown on British television. The atmosphere of family holidays in the 1950s and 60s is marvellously evoked (it was filmed on location at Southwold) and the cast is brilliant, particularly Joan Sanderson as the dragon-like but kindly seaside landlady and John Nettleton as the hero's father. Anyone over 50 will have been here many times! Often poignant, often very funny, and always enjoyable, and from a time when holidays were very different from the present need to fly abroad or indulge in a great deal of extravagance, this is hugely recommendable.
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This beautifully written and acted play by Michael Palin is one of the best modern TV dramas I have seen. A nostalgic coming-of-age piece, it captures the frustrations, awkwardness and ambitions of adolescence in a mid-century context that enshrines the sense (fallacious, probably) that life was simpler and better then.

Doubtless those of us who can locate the world of the play somewhere in the depths of our childhood memories will find that it strums particular strings and speaks eloquently of an age, both historical and personal, gone by and irrecoverable. Houseman's 'blue remembered hills' spring (apparently) to mind.

But the play transcends its provincial boundaries and, while remaining charmingly understated, proffers characters we can all recognise and root for or against. Palin's insight is sharp (and sometimes a touch cruel in its accuracy) and he creates that most remarkable of things, a comedy which does not make you laugh out loud. It's funny because just being human is funny and we know it (and ourselves) when we see it.

As well as a gallery of excellent performances (and look out for Joan Sanderson as the not-quite-classic seaside landlady) the play enjoys a wonderfully apt score by George Fenton (Blue Planet and around a hundred other film and TV scores - I'm surprised they could afford him) which adds just the right touch of sepia.

But you'll really have to see this to realise how good it is. It's worth investing in the DVD because you *will* want to watch it again and again.
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Believe me, holidays were really like this!

This is a wonderful gem of a film that the BBC excel at - wonderful script by Michael Palin; immaculate attention to historical detail; and wholly believable acting of whom Joan Sanderson's landlady undoubtedly steals the show. Social historians wanting to know how most familes spent one week in August in that dank, grey period between the end of World War II and the onset of cheap flights to Majorca in the 1970s need look no further.

The only gripe is, sadly, some of the colour has softened with age. It really should be properly restored. But don't let that put you off - just watch and enjoy.
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This play positively oozes nostalgia! Although I didn't live near the East Coast in my childhood (I now actually live in Ipswich!!) I well remember being taken to the seaside with my parents in very similar circumstances to those suffered by the young man in the DVD. The film was made in 1986 (but set in the late 50s) and Southwold has changed very little, although the beach huts have now had a lick of paint and the pier has been beautifully restored. It's still rather upmarket as English seaside resorts go and, of course, the sandy beach and the beach huts are still there.

The play harks back to another age - was it an age of innocence? - where a quick snog behind a beach hut was something to boast about and 17-year-olds were much more under the thumb of their parents than they are nowadays. The young man in the play, a rather lonely, only child, is taken off for a week's holiday to Southwold by his rather elderly (in outlook as much as in age) parents where they stay in a boarding-house run by an overbearing termagant of a landlady (although she later shows that she really has a heart of gold buried somewhere under that formidable bosom) played by the magnificent Joan Sanderson. The boredom of such a holiday to a 17-year-old is clear and he pairs up with another young man (who considers himself very much to be a man of the world) who is staying in the same establishment. The two manage to escape their parents' eagle eyes and get themselves involved, not only with the twin daughters of an evangelist/vicar, but with two very pretty young girls, one English, one Dutch, who are staying in Southwold with the parents of the English one.
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I can only echo what the previous reviewer said about this over looked gem of a TV Movie. I cannot believe more than 20 years have passed since I previously saw this wonderful production. Michael Palin's script is bright, sweet, witty and never lapses into schmaltz. The evocation of a British seaside holiday from times gone past is perfectly captured. All that and Oona Kirsch looking beautiful - why did this lady never go on to be a massive film and TV star I shall never know. Highly recommended.
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