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Carrie's War
updated 4.17.2007

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
What a fabulous show! It is a wonderful thing to see these nice stories are still being shown. Thank you Masterpiece Theatre for keeping the masters going!

Greg I.
Stanardsville, VA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Occasionally, there are certain television productions which leave the viewer hungry for more of the same. Carrie's War is one. Truly a remarkable movie, in the usual exemplary style of Masterpiece Theatre, Carrie's War is astonishing in the depth of its characters, the profundity of its plot and the richness of the story. Carrie's War represents the upper echelon of thoughtful quality programming. It's proof that myopic popular culture need not dictate the focus of esoteric popular entertainment. Kudos and acclaim to all involved with bringing Carrie's War to light!

David Kanowakeron Hill Morrison UE
St. Catharines, ON

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Yeah, it was cute and charming but I'm failing to see the masterpiece in this theater.

Parisha Pakroo
San Francisco, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I loved the show, but that was not Cardiff Station. I went through there from Swansea three years ago on my way to Newport. I would love to know where it was filmed. Wales is so beautiful! My ancestors must have been heart broken to leave it. I hope we will see more of Wales in other productions.

Judith Jones
Spokane, WA

Some of the locations used in the filming of Carrie's War included Caerau Road, Newport, Wales; Cynwyl Elfed railway station, Carmarthenshire, Wales; Didcot Railway Centre, Oxfordshire, England; Llandeilo, Carmarthenshire, Wales and Victoria Place, Newport, Wales.

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
In March, 1939, my parents and sister said good-bye to me on a railroad platform in Berlin; I was 12 years old. Good friends in London had asked my parents to send me to them, out of Nazi Germany, to join their two sons in their London home. To me, it was an exciting adventure; to my parents it must have been a heart-rending experience, not knowing if we would ever see each other again. My new foster parents sent me to the private school which their sons attended, and by the end of the summer I had morphed into an English schoolboy, decked out in the school's uniform and rapidly losing my German accent.

Then the British government put into action the evacuation plan, which called for children and other special groups to be sent to the safety of the British countryside. My school mates and I traveled to Northamptonshire together and, just like Carrie Willow, we were "billeted" on local hosts who had agreed to take in evacuees.

In a few weeks, the school was reassembled in a parsonage, adjacent to a Norman-style church in Brafield-on-the Green; the parson had gone to war as an Army chaplain. We lived there together for four years, while London was heavily bombed, but my "foster brothers" and I made brief holiday visits to our London home.

By 1942 my parents and sister had managed to make their way to New York and in 1943 I was able to make the transatlantic crossing on an ocean liner which had become a troopship and carried a few passengers on its voyage.

Watching Carrie's War brought back a flood of memories -- mostly of the generosity and warm hospitality of my British hosts. In the years after the war, I was fortunate to remain in close touch with my "other" family who meant as much to me as my parents and sister. My thanks to PBS for bringing us the charming and heart-warming story of Carrie and Nick Willow.

John Baruch
Morristown, NJ

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Masterpiece Theatre's presentation of Carrie's War was just wonderful; I enjoyed it immensely. Children's novel or no, I plan to read it and look for Ms. Bawden's other works.

Bev Ipock
Gastonia, NC

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I grew up in wartime England and my family took in evacuees. We hosted several children from the London slums who were totally new to our way of life. (We lived in a small Midlands village). My late mother's oak chest still has scuff marks on it from heel kicks as they sat on it. (We ran out of chairs!) One small Cockney boy named Lennie kept saying "putta kittue on" and it was quite a while before my mother and grandmother realized he was saying "put the kettle on." Ever since then our family has said it the way Lennie said it.

Christine Amorelli
Ashland, OR

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Carrie's War is another excellent example of PBS' dramatization of literature!

Sharon Byrd
South Charleston, WV

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
What a wonderful production! Everyone was marvelous in their role. Alun Armstrong has been a particular favorite of mine since his wonderful performance in Nicholas Nickleby. (We have the boxed set.) He displayed his versatility in Bleak House as well, convincing me that he can do anything. Thanks to Masterpiece Theatre for another uplifting experience.

Carole Del Monte
The Villages, FL

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
What a lovely show about such a difficult period of time. I loved Carrie's ability to find the good in all and how it helped even the toughest character! I recall seeing movies about the children of London being sent to the countryside during the war. I wish I knew how to find them once again and their names. What a delightful program. Thank you!


Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I found Carrie's War to be a light-hearted treatise of the common experience of London children during the war. Carrie's coming of age was a unique experience which lent itself to a young teenaged girl dealing with separation of parents, being placed with an overbearing ward and finding intimacy from people who accepted her and her brother with open hearts to the point that they share their own family history and mythology. I was touched by this story; not only did Carrie reach out to her authoritarian warden, but also appealed to his sense of humanism lost at the death of his wife. The ending, being open ended, allows the viewer to decide whether the final scene was simply the fulfillment of all of Carrie's questions or the beginning of a love affair with her (then) young man.

Joseph Vigil
Fort Worth, TX

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Carrie's War was wonderfully done, in keeping with the beautiful production values and sensitive acting that are part of Masterpiece Theatre. Thanks.

Alice Gollan
Boston, MA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
A beautifully crafted program. Thank you for what you do!

Dave Merry
Homer, NY

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