Flower of Gloster

I’ve spent the last few nights enjoying the Flower of Gloster DVD. According to the blurb that accompanied its release…”this popular children’s adventure was the first Granada Television series to be filmed in colour (though initially transmitted in black and white)…When their boatyard owner father is taken ill, ten-year-old Michael, his twelve-year-old sister Elizabeth and elder brother Dick decide to deliver a narrow-boat to a buyer on his behalf. During their 220-mile trip, they make new friends but also encounter all kinds of danger and difficulties, played out against the changing pattern of the British countryside.”

I found it absolutely delightful, notwithstanding the poetic licence taken with the ‘route’….how come the Audlem flight appears halfway down the southern GU? But there was ample compensation in the vignettes offered up by real-life characters like Chocolate Charlie Atkins, and in the simple pleasure of a rolling canal backdrop, with some scenes stirringly familiar, others somewhat altered and a few that seemed totally alien and beyond my particular ken. It was one of those programmes where I just wanted to be able to climb through the telly box and live it for myself…

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2 Responses to Flower of Gloster

  1. Brina says:

    I have watched it all once and part way through the second time round. I liked the bit in Birmingham, there was something to moan about.


    • nbenceladus says:

      I suspect it will get a second and third viewing from me too, Brian. A good reminder of how civilised the BCN is these days…


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