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Sunday, 2 May 2010
Garden & Mr Chips
The moving 2002 version of Goodbye Mr Chips was almost ruined by the ridiculous amount of ads on ITV3 last night. Martin Clunes was excellent in the title role and I liked the actress who played his wife. Couldn't think why she was so familiar then it dawned on me she was Miss Ruby from the drapers in Candleford (as in Lark Rise To...)
Have just re-read the original Mr Chips novel which is so short it is almost a short story. In this sympathetic film the producers have added much, including a storyline about bullying which must still seem realistic to those chaps who went to public schools as recently as the 1960s. Mr Chips himself was born in the mid 1800s and dies as a very old man in the 1930s. Of course I wept, despite the ads and despite the fact I've seen various film versions before.
Many of the outdoor locations were shot at the school my sons attended, so that made it all the more interesting for us.
Garden blooming at last though fear have lost a few plants in the cold.
Author of POND LANE AND PARIS (nominated for the RNA Foster Grant award), AN OLD-FASHIONED ARRANGEMENT, PARIS IMPERFECT,
TROPICAL CONNECTIONS, TROPICAL SHADOWS ------------------- I've lived all over the world - Germany, Thailand, Australia, Greece, Switzerland and France, but now I'm back home in a small Hampshire village.