Friday, 23 January 2015
71 Tom Brown's Schooldays
First watched : November 1971
This was the first of the Sunday teatime classic adaptations I can recall . It started on 14th November 1971 and ran for 5 weeks. I'm not sure I watched it right through but I remember it because the bullying scenes really shook me up. I was already intimidated by older boys so this tapped right into that fear. The scene I remember most is the one where Tom is "roasted" by being held in front of the fire for refusing to hand over his ticket in a sweepstake. With having a younger sister it wouldn't have been long since we took our fireguards down if indeed we had at this point so the scene was truly terrifying.
While you might expect the cast to be full of future stars it wasn't. Anthony Murphy who played Tom never appeared in anything else according to IMDB and Simon Fisher Turner who played his mate is better known as a composer. The star was probably Richard Morant as Flashman ; his career peaked early in Poldark and he was just a jobbing actor thereafter. Future Dr Who girl Louise Jameson had a small role in the first episode.