1 March 2018 | khunkrumark
Uninspired 'Hallmark' version of a good book.
Set 100 years ago (it's 2018 now) it tells the story of a young lad who has moved to the Cotswolds during the era of the 'great war'. While the Triple Entente and the Central Powers were slaughtering each other by the millions, the villagers of Slad have their own problems to attend to.
The BBC have seen fit to trot out all the familiar ubiquitous faces to take part in this unnecessary nonsense and the result is dire. The book is both brutal and comedic in equal measures, but this TV film is neither.
There are now THREE TV movies of this book and they are all bad, but this is the worst. In 2015, Timothy Spall starred in one that was marginally better than this and way back in 1971 there was a half decent version made watchable because of the magnificent casting, attention to set detail and the collaboration of the author of the book.
This, however borders on being offensive.