CrazyNeighbour · 26/06/2021 22:25
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MedusasBadHairDay · 26/06/2021 22:36
It's one of my favourite series. I've got it on DVD and also got the book about the making of it. From what the book said they came up against a lot of resistance making it, largely because of it being a primarily female cast. The idea that people might care about women's stories was clearly unthinkable.
Iamthewombat · 26/06/2021 23:06
Yes, I loved it even at the age of 11 when it was first shown!
It was repeated about 5 years ago and I rewatched it. I like it just as much second time around. It is full of ballsy women characters just getting on with it and supporting each other. Brilliant.
We need more programmes like it. Oddly, on rewatching it reminded me of Call The Midwife, especially when Sister Evelina was in it.
SlipperTripper · 26/06/2021 23:10
I bought my mum the box set about ten years ago for Christmas, after she said she wanted to see it again - I didn't live at home but after watching a couple with her she had to promise not to watch it without me! Spent ages at home that jan/feb! Brilliant series.
FatCatThinCat · 26/06/2021 23:12
I watched it quite recently. It still made me cry.
Florabritannica · 26/06/2021 23:16
I loved it too! So much has stayed with me - making the hats to save Debbie and Blanche, Rose’s death, Dorothy and the Japanese soldiers, Sally’s suicide - such strong characters and storylines. As a young teenager I encountered so much for the first time.
Pebble21uk · 26/06/2021 23:32
Brilliant series - also watched it first time around in my teens. I think it was one of the first drama series that had a profound impact on me.
I think it's production values were pretty good for the early 80s - especially as the first two episodes were filmed in Singapore. The rest was on location in Dorset!!
It covered many women's issues which were really radical for the time - periods and lesbianism to name just two.
It certainly started me on reading far more deeply into the subject - I have a whole collection of books written by women who were interned by the Japanese (along with the aforementioned book about the making of the series!) They are often overlooked in WW2 history - seen as privilaged women who were too busy partying to notice the invasion. Their biographies tell a very different story.
If you every visit the Imperial War Museum in London, they have a quilt on display which was made by such women.
I actually think it would be great for a re-make (done properly) - with today's high quality production values and the ability to speak more openly and in-depth about some of the issues it raised, I think it could have the potential to be amazing.
I also think, comparatively to other areas of WW2 history, they are little known about and it would bring them to a whole new audience.
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