...And the Band Played On (1980)

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The equilibrium of a small English village is upset by the arrival of a pop star and his wife. When he takes over the conductorship of the local brass band after the previous conductor ... See full summary »


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8 March 2017 | Prismark10
| Band on the mend
This made for television film aimed for the cosy charm of country life as depicted in All Creatures Great and Small. We even see a cow giving birth at one point.

Peter Higgins (Robin Nedwell) is a pop musician who on the insistence of his wife Sally (Diane Keen) has moved to a nice, quaint village. However the locals are upset when Peter replaces Salty (Trevor Howard) as the brass band conductor as the parish council deems them to be awful.

The rest of the band who are mainly old men are rather upset than upstart has usurped Salty and go on a work to rule. They actually sound better.

This television movie is charming and rather expensive looking, although it does look a tad slow now. It lead to a television series as well as a spin off comedy.

Sadly most of the cast from this film are now dead. Notable exceptions being Diane Keen and Miles Anderson who popped up in the Oscar winning La La Land.

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