Sam Complete series 1 [DVD]
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From the 1930s to the 1960s, Sam follows the life of a young boy growing up in a Yorkshire mining village. But Sam reflects more than just one man s life it captures the qualities and textures of the time, weaving and exploring the fabric of a nation. It is 1934 and Sam Wilson is ten years old when his mother Dora leaves her husband and brings Sam to Skellerton, the Yorkshire mining village where she grew up. Her father, Jack, has been unemployed for more than eight years and her family has little enough money to support themselves. Will they manage with another two mouths to feed and how will Sam s childhood change?
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I made sure I never missed an episode and when it was available on DVD it was without doubt a must have. Highly recommended.
There is a stunning performance from Michael Goodliffe as Sam’s grandfather, stern and high-principled. Goodliffe was usually cast as upper-class types (indeed, that was his background), but is magnificent here as Jack Barraclough, a curmudgeon whose life has made him that way, but who can occasionally shows a gentle aspect of his personality.
The other performances I would praise are those of Ray Smith as Jack’s son George, well-meaning but never quite measuring up to his father’s standards; and Alethea Charlton as George’s wife Ethel, an apparent ‘battle axe’ but sensible and with a soft side.
There is conflict within families, between workers and managers, and between husband and wife. Great characters, and a gripping story.