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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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Initial post: 11 Feb 2012 16:18:50 GMT
Joe Bloggs says:
So Michael Palin drew on his own childhood experiences - which seem to suggest he didn't find Southwold or Suffolk in general to his taste. Even the main review can't help but bang on about 'holidays in grey, provincial seaside resorts'. Ironic when you think how Palin crows about some broken down hovel in India when out on his travels. I loved the holidays I spent in this country as a child - so much so that I've never felt the urge to holiday abroad. We live in one of the most stunningly beautiful countries on Earth, yet the people who live here seem intent on denigrating it at every opportunity - usually by idiots who believe what the England-hating media put into their empty heads. Get out there and look!
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