During World War I, a boy named Tom Grattan is sent to his relatives in the country. As it turns out, the neighborhood is a source of wild adventures as he and his friends face spies, saboteurs and other threats.Written by
Kenneth Chisholm (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The series was filmed in colour, even though British TV was still black-and-white at the time, in anticipation of Britain's imminent upgrade to colour television and with a view to selling the series overseas in countries such as Canada which already had colour television. See more »
[opening titles: introduction to each episode, over scenes of a "War Declared" newspaper headline; a platoon of soldiers whistling as they march to war; Mrs Kirkby and Stan Hobbs looking up and Tom and Julie running to the garden gate to watch them pass by]
August 1914. The Great War. They said it would all be over by Christmas. But a year passed and the lanes of England still echoed to the tramp of marching feet. With each month, still more of England's manhood was drawn to the battlefields of ...
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When the show was broadcast on the TVOntario public television network in the Canadian province of Ontario in the 1970's, each episode was followed by a short segment starring Andrea Martin who discussed basic elements of filmmaking using the preceding episode for examples. See more »
During World War I, 16 year old Londoner Tom Grattan is evacuated to the countryside. Over about thirty 25 minute episodes he has a series of adventures. Mostly the plots relate to home front impacts due to the distant war in France, set around the Yorkshire farm of a family he is sent to stay with. The series is generally well written and directed (and improves as you go along). The sets have the look of what I imagine Yorkshire would have been like 100 years ago. The only thing I can remember to fault with the series is the mock armored tank, and I expect the production did not have the budget to re-create a more authentic looking replica of a WWI vintage tank. Several of the episodes were directed by Stephen Frears (who 10 or 15 years later directed Dangerous Liaisons).
Seeing the series again, 40 years later, after first seeing it when I about 15 years of age, my high opinion of it and enjoyment of it is undiminished. It is one of my three favorite TV series.
The series is intended for children's entertainment, so the wartime setting jars somewhat, but in some cases this is counterbalanced by a sympathetic treatment of several of the German characters.
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