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WATCH_________BBC1_______9.00_________"COMING DOWN THE MOUNTAIN"_________YOU WILL BE SORRY TO MISS IT_____IMHO____

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RTKangaMummy Sun 02-Sep-07 20:46:39

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RTKangaMummy Sun 02-Sep-07 20:48:26

Drama
Coming Down the Mountain Sunday 02 September
9:00pm - 10:20pm
BBC1
After About a Boy and Skins, Nicholas Hoult seems to have become the poster boy for disaffected teens. He's a similarly angsty and often annoying late adolescent in Coming Down the Mountain, written by Mark Haddon (author of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time). He's David, whose brother Ben (Tommy Jessop) has Down's syndrome. Increasingly furious at the central role Ben's needs take within the family, David goes completely off the rails after the family moves to the Peak District from their London home (again, for Ben, so he can attend a better school). Sometimes it's a road movie à la Rain Man, sometimes it's an only slightly more grown-up version of Hollyoaks. But there's something winning about it. Jessop is entrancing as the brother who sees an awful lot more than he lets on, and Hoult's charm means David isn't quite as awful as he might be.

RT reviewer - Alison Graham
VIDEO Plus+: 3260482
Subtitled, Widescreen, Audio-described
Cast
David Philips - Nicholas Hoult
Ben Philips - Tommy Jessop
Sheila Philips - Julia Ford
John Philips - Neil Dudgeon
Gail - Emer Kenny
Alice - Kate Grifffiths
London teacher - Karen Bryson
Gary Jeavons - Brendan Heaney
Rob - Josh Cohen
Abby - Charlotte Grant
Sunil - Emon Hussain
Tattoo man - Christopher Hanvey
DJ - Ian Gain
Matlock teacher - John Gully
Yasmin - Rajvinder Lali
Henry - Joe Sproulle
Greg - Charlie Clapham
Damon - Jamie-Ray Hartshorne
Kevin - Lewis Snow
Natasha - Natalie Wilson












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RTKangaMummy Sun 02-Sep-07 21:00:40

bumpity bump

RTKangaMummy Sun 02-Sep-07 21:01:28

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RTKangaMummy Sun 02-Sep-07 21:03:06

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WaynettaSlob Sun 02-Sep-07 21:03:38

Is it really full-0on? Want a brain-dead movie to watch...

OldMotherTaLcY Sun 02-Sep-07 21:03:39

thanks rt.....recording it 'cos mr talcy watching 'dumped/.smile

RTKangaMummy Sun 02-Sep-07 21:04:59

I am recording it

So I can watch THE QUEEN on ITV1

smile

RTKangaMummy Sun 02-Sep-07 21:06:03

You are welcome

smile

I am not sure what you mean by full on but perhaps record it and watch at leisure iyswim

smile

WaynettaSlob Sun 02-Sep-07 21:10:04

Thanks Rt.....as always...grin

NomDePlumeIsIrrationallyAngry Sun 02-Sep-07 21:12:02

I'm not watching it, DH has football on the telly (sky+'d match of the day) and I'm on here.

I have to say that "sometimes it's an only slightly more grown-up version of Hollyoaks" doesn't sell it to me....

thomcat Sun 02-Sep-07 21:12:12

Tuned in, cheers muchly, xx

Pinkchampagne Sun 02-Sep-07 22:25:21

This had me in floods of tears

Biglips Sun 02-Sep-07 22:26:55

that was so bloody sad!!! sad but a lovely ending

Kathyis6incheshigh Sun 02-Sep-07 22:28:16

aargh, vomit, that was sentimental and predictable.

Kathyis6incheshigh Sun 02-Sep-07 22:28:47

oops, everyone else loved it - am clearly cynical cow grin

roisin Sun 02-Sep-07 22:32:57

I thought the programme was fab - even made me cry at one point. Mark Haddon is an excellent writer.

but I didn't like the happy ending - far too sacharine sweet for me.

I prefer a Hardy-esque ending where it all ends in tears, misery, bloodshed, and a high body count!

triplets Sun 02-Sep-07 23:43:10

Hmmmmmm,
I was a trifle disappointed as it had such good write ups. I found it predictable, but confess to warming to it after the fall from the mountain scene, and yes, a sugary end!

Clary Mon 03-Sep-07 00:08:24

taped it as watching the Queen (also Sopranos was on gahhh)

Roisin lol at Hardy and the high body count.

LadyOfTheFlowers Mon 03-Sep-07 00:12:16

I watched it.
It was good but I felt it was a bit predictable and was left wanting more.

Anyhoo, did anyone tape Dumped? I wanted to watch that.

RubySlippers Mon 03-Sep-07 08:32:45

tell me what happened at the end please
fell asleep with 15 mins to go blush

Kathyis6incheshigh Mon 03-Sep-07 13:06:04

You got as far as David pushing Ben off mountain?
Ben rescued by helicopter, David takes him out of hospital, they go back to campsite and David flirts with blonde girl from Waterloo Road and she tells them about her weird religious parents (message: everyone is different and there is no need to be embarrassed), police come and take them home.
Ben tells David about girl he fancies. David tells parents (because for the purposes of the plot, they never really listened to Ben), she come round for tea and she Ben and go off to room and Ben later tells David he wanted to have sex with her but she didn't want to so they didn't (thus neatly sidestepping engagement with any difficult issues concerning people with learning disabilities having sex).
Ben and David sit on hillside together, David draws cows and Ben tells him they are wonky, lots of happy smiling because David is no longer jealous and they are all happy.

princessmel Mon 03-Sep-07 13:07:18

I saw this. It was great. So sad in parts I could hardly bear to watch. I really felt for both the boys.
Fab tv.

RubySlippers Mon 03-Sep-07 13:08:23

thanks Kathy
arf at your summary!
Didn't miss much then - i felt it was very predictable, never grappled with any of the issues it raised and was a tad cliched

thomcat Mon 03-Sep-07 21:38:03

Well as a mother to a child with Down's syndrome and a mother to a child without Down's syndrome, I found it interesting to think about the level of anger one sibling can feel towards another, and understood it and felt yet again that having this third child (due in 3 weeks) is a good idea. Not because DD2 will want to push DD1 down a mountain but because the intensity of being the only NT child and feeling responsible for you SN's sibling can probably be really intense at times.

It was also wonderful to watch a boy with DS acting and doing such a great job.

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