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The Evacuees (TV)

Original title
The Evacuees (TV)
Running time
75 min.
United Kingdom United Kingdom
Jack Rosenthal
Brian Tufano
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British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Drama | II World War. 1940s. Childhood
Synopsis / Plot
During the IIWW, two young Jewish boys are evacuated from Manchester to Blackpool trying to avoid the Blitz from the german aerial Luftwaffe over the England cities. Based on Rosenthal's own experiences as a wartime evacuee and directed by (now famous director) Alan Parker in his directional debut, this was a sensational success when first transmitted in 1975. For anyone unaware of the historical background, at the start of the Second World War the UK government decided to move thousands of schoolchildren out of the most heavily-targeted cities into safer areas, both urban and rural. Unthinkable though it is to us nowadays, the children were literally hawked around door to door and billeted with anyone who would take them, regardless of who they were. Needless to say, some of the children were subject to various types of abuse, both physical and sexual but many found it a positive experience escaping the grimy inner cities. But not for the two boys in the play. Neville (Steven Serember) and Danny (Gary Carp) live happily in a two-up two-down in Manchester in 1939 with their mother (Maureen Lipman), father and grandmother and they all just happen to be Jewish. They are evacuated to Blackpool with their school and find themselves under the 'care' of childless possessive control freak Mrs Graham (Margery Mason) and her unobtrusive husband.
1975: BAFTA TV Awards: Won Best Single Play Award (Alan Parker)
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