Executive Producer: Lewis Rudd, Ted Childs
Producer: Chris Burt
Director: Jack Gold
GOODNIGHT, MISTER TOM/Intro by Russell Baker
When World War Two began, great numbers of children were moved out of London. The idea was to provide them with safe havens from possible German military attack on the city.
Most were evacuated to more rustic communities unlikely to be bombed.
Some were even sent across the Atlantic to Canada and the United States.
You can imagine the culture shock: Children separated from their parents and dropped down into strange new communities so different from the city world in which they had been growing up.
It was just as unsettling to the grown-ups who took them in.
"Goodnight Mister Tom," is about that cultural shock.
This film version is adapted from an immensely popular British novel by Michelle Magorian. Those familiar with Inspector Morse on Public Television's "Mystery" series will recognize the short-tempered Morse behind the full growth of beard he's cultivated for this role.
His real name is not Morse, but John Thaw, one of England's most admired actors. Tonight, as Mister Tom, he seems almost as irascible as Morse -- but considerably more likeable -- at least to small children.
And now, Goodnight, Mister Tom.
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