Wednesday, 21 January 2015
69 Pippi Longstocking
First watched : Uncertain
Over to ITV again for this Swedish-West German adaptation of the bestselling series of childrens' books by author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi is around 8 years old and lives with a pet monkey and horse in a large suburban house, occasionally visited by her seafaring ( and presumably widowed ) father who she has previously accompanied around the world. She is therefore a free spirit, uneducated and rough mannered - possibly autistic - but kindhearted, practicable and playful. Her trademarks are superhuman strength, usually demonstrated by lifting up her horse, and an inimitable hairstyle of ginger plaits at right angles to her head. The series of half hour episodes was made in 1969 and ITV bought it after it had been dubbed in America. Lindgren despised the 1949 film adaptation and kept her hand on the wheel with this series by writing the scripts.
Star Inger Nilsson didn't continue acting as an adult but has remained something of a celebrity in Sweden despite having a day job as a secretary in Stockholm which suggests they have a somewhat healthier attitude to fame than we do, Since 2000 she has sometimes been tempted out to do small roles on stage or screen and now looks like Val Lehman ( Bea Smith in Prisoner Cell Block H ).
This is one that I ended up watching because my sister liked it and perhaps deliberately didn't engage with it too much.