March 26

Some new comments

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There have been some very nice comments added to this article on ‘Forgotten Television Drama’

Sam (Granada, 1973-5)

It’s a real pleasure to find there are other fans of this superb series out there! I’m not exaggerating when I say I have watched the series at least 10 times since I first bought it. I never tire of watching it. In fact, the more I watch it the more I pick up on subtle connections in the writing and plot.
The characters are absolutely compelling and the acting as others have mentioned is bang on.
John Price as Alan Dakin and Michael Goodliffe as Jack are particularly impressive to me.
It’s a real shame the series has not reached a wider audience – although what todays TV viewers would make of it I wouldn’t like to say.
As one representation of a bygone era it is wonderful to immerse in.
If Mr Finch ever reads this I would like to say thank you for a monumental piece of writing.

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November 6

From John’s poetry collection ‘Before, During and After The War’

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John joined the Merchant Navy at the age of 16 and sailed from Liverpool in 1941

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North Atlantic 1942

Nothing you said
As your hand lost its grip on mine
And you drifted away into the cold darkness
The little red light on your lifejacket
Bobbing goodbye.

Sharing our sixteen years we‘d rarely if ever
Talked about the possibility of dying
Though from beneath the deck we stood on every day
High octane petrol perfumed the cold air
With terror.

Instead we had lived with wondering intensity
The amazing streets of Manhattan where we shopped in Macey’s
For fully fashioned silk stockings and cold cream
To shyly delight the cupboard-loving girls
Back home.

Now, more than half a century on, the young as we were young
Glance briefly at the carnage of the holocaust and once a year
Ignore the pageant by which we seek to perpetuate
The remembrance of your light as it fades
Into the darkness of history.