1 9 8 4 (UK)
6 x 50 minute episodes
This six-part miniseries from Yorkshire Television begins during Britain’s economic slump after World War I and revolves around decorated war hero Stephen Sorrell (Richard Pasco) who is raising his 11-year-old son, Kit (Peter Chelsom) single-handedly after his wife, Dora (Gwen Watford) deserts her husband and child in the boy’s infancy.
Sorrell loses a promising job offer and is forced to take a menial job as a porter at a seedy pub owned by the venomous Florence Palfrey (Stephanie Beacham) where both his dignity and health are damaged as a result of the exhausting labour and harsh treatment he receives. Yet he endures all for the sake of his beloved son.
Sorrell has allowed his son to believe that his mother is dead, but when she shows up again, wanting to re-enter the young man’s life, Sorrell must make some difficult decisions.