I had a nasty suspicion that this would be not be as good as I remembered it but I was wrong. The African location is stunning and the director's use of it to take us back to the 1930s entirely convincing.
As far as I'm concerned, there's an excellent balance in this brief gem. It doesn't gloss over the excesses and prejudices of the era, but nor does it succumb to the temptation to colour it with our own preoccupations. Albert's aggressive, unpolished, straight batted decency is quite enough to handle that angle.
His superior could have descended into caricature but didn't. Julian Rhind-Tutt and Susannah Harker embue their neatly written characters with a charisma that we can relate to and yet is entirely consistent with the times. The symbiosis between the rough-hewn diamond of a policeman and the quietly-spoken, courageous lady flyer is particularly engaging.
Scenery, adventure, human interest and a little history - it has the lot - get it if you don't already have it.
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