Saturday, 26 March 2016
362 A Horseman Riding By
First viewed : Autumn 1978
I only dipped into this period drama adapted from an R F Delderfield novel but my mum and sister followed it all the way through. It was broadcast on a Sunday evening succeeding the latest series of The Onedin Line. It concerned a young gentleman played by Nigel Havers with a small estate in the Devon countryside who returns from the Boer War , finds romance in the Edwardian era and then inevitably gets drawn into a rather larger War.
I was never too enamoured with it but I do recall the scenes where one of the working class characters Will Codsall starts suffering from shell shock which were quite powerful.
The role made Havers's name in TV although it also imprisoned him in playing charming , often aristocratic, gentlemen for the rest of his career.