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Fantastic drama and sequel.
on 16 December 2010
I happened to catch Coming Home one night when I awoke on the sofa from a nap as it was just starting, and I loved every minute of it. Not my usual cup of tea by any stretch of the imagination (I like action and science fiction), but it was clearly well written and acted and starred some fantastic English acting talent - including rising stars such as Emily Mortimer and Paul Bettany (and a young Keira Knightley playing the young Judith Dunbar in the first part, with Emily Mortimer playing her in later years), as well as such stalwarts such as Peter O'Toole and Joanna Lumley. It was in two parts, so I made a point of watching part 2 the next evening. I was hooked in, as it were.
Coming Home's basic premise tells the tale of a young middle class girl (Judith Dunbar) who befriends an upper class girl (Loveday Carey-Lewis) at boarding school. The two become fast-friends, and Judith is made to feel a part of Loveday's family because her own family live and work away in the East. The Carey-Lewis family take Judith under their wing and she falls in love with them, their carefree upper-class lifestyle and their idyllic ancestral family home of Nancherrow. Coming Home spans a decade or so, from the early-mid 30's right through to the conclusion of World War 2...telling the tale of the lives, loves and tribulations of Judith and the Carey-Lewis clan, and the effect the war has upon them all.
I then read somewhere that there was a sequel book by Rosamunde Pilcher which was also dramatised for TV, so I made a point of watching Nancherrow when that came on. I loved every minute of that, too. Nancherrow basically follows on from where Coming Home left off, but with yet another actress playing the role of Judith. However, this time it follows Loveday's life more than Judith's, so it is not so much of a blow to the viewer who, by now, will be used to Emily Mortimer's portrayal of Judith. I can only presume Emily Mortimer was too busy to return to the part.
All in all I highly recommend it to fans of good British period drama. Just please keep in mind that both titles contained here were given away free in the Daily Mail as part of a romance collection a couple of years or so back...it was a promotion of 14 free DVD's. They are always on sale on a certain well known auction site for about a pound each, which is how I acquired my own DVD's.