Earnest young tax inspector Cedric Charlton visits the sizeable Larkin family at Home Farm in the countryside. They have not paid tax in an age and he has come to help them fill in their tax forms. ...
Several pieces of music that would have been heard by The Larkins on the radio during the period, on the BBC light pro-gramme, were re-recorded for use in the show by Barrie Guard, conducting The English Light Concert Orchestra. The original versions of the re-created tracks were originally recorded for the Production Music Libraries of, respectively, Chappell's and Bosworth And Co. The tracks re-recorded were:
'Devil's Gallop'-best known for it's as use as the theme to Dick Barton. 'Calling All Workers'-best known as the theme to Music While You Work. 'Puffin' Billy'-best known as the theme tune of Children's Choice. 'In a Party Mood'-better known for Housewive's Choice.
These were recorded at Olympic Studios, along with the rest of the series music. See more »
Big relief here that Bates's modern classic has not only survived its transition to the big screen but has actually been enhanced by it. It's difficult to find anything in this made-for-television adaptation that is at odds with the book of the same name. The characters are well cast, in particular David Jason as Pop Larkin and Pam Ferris as Ma, who live life with abandonment and cavalier disregard for society's expectations. The conversion of Charlie, a most challenging task in story and film, is accomplished with care and precision, Catherine Zeta Jones as Mariette providing the required enticement. This is a highly entertaining and deeply satisfying adaptation, and richly captures the life of post-war Britain. Perfick!
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