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Blue Remembered Hills

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The BAFTA award-winning television play for 1979 was Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills (BBC1), which was a stunningly effective portrayal of children, not as innocents, but as small versions of the adults they are to become.

It also showed adults as nothing more than large children.

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The group of seven-year-olds experiencing adventures in a West Country forest on a summer’s day in 1943 in this episode of Play For Today were played by actors and actresses well past the age of consent and, in the case of porky Colin Welland, far from small.

Their games and spontaneous actions (continuous and in real-time) reflect their awareness of WWII, but no adults are present to intrude.

Helen Mirren, Michael Elphick, Colin Jeavons and John Bird were comically horrific.

Colin Welland
Helen Mirren
Michael Elphick
Donald Duck
Colin Jeavons
John Bird
Robin Ellis
Janine Duvitski

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