Masterpiece Theatre

Season 35 Episode 13

Carrie's War

Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Apr 16, 2006 on PBS
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Carrie's War
A coming-of-age story set in the UK during the second world war. Fourteen-year old Carrie Willow and her young brother Nick are evacuated from London during the Blitz and sent to a small Welsh town, where the strict Mr Samuel Evans and his sister take them in.moreless

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  • Young and old will delight in this light-hearted WWII story.

    A 14-year old girl, Carrie, and her younger brother, Nick, are sent out of wartorn London to the more peaceful environs of Wales, where they are chosen by a timid, kind-hearted woman, who is contrasted by her strict and stern older brother, Mr. Evans. The children help out at the store, and learn to loathe Mr Evans for all his rules and gruffness.

    The children are sent to Druid's Bottom, to retrieve a goose for Christmas dinner at the wonderful, small manor-like farm, owned by Dilys Gotobed, Mr Evans' older, and estranged, sister. It is also the home of Hepzibah, the caretaker of the manor, and Mr Johnny, a young man struck with cerebral palsy.

    Mrs Gotobed is a kindly old woman who rarely ventures outside the manor, but is swept up in the new energy that Carrie and Nick bring into the home. Soon, Carrie and Nick are regulars at the manor, helping out and enjoying many good times there.

    Mrs Gotobed passes away, apparently not leaving a will, though Albert - - a fellow child refugee who is attracted to Carrie, but never tells her so - - is convinced that she did so.

    I hope this is tantalizing enough to get you to watch "Carrie's War". If you can't find it at your local video store, then buy it; I assure you many years of delightful viewing with you, your children, and, perhaps, their children and beyond, as it is a timeless and touching story, with bravura performances and wonderful scenery.moreless

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