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updated 12.6.2005

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Very well done. I'd never hoped to see an enactment of Lucky Jim. It was indeed bewitching, beguiling and bewildering. Perhaps a tad simplified on the edges, but that is hardly a criticism in the "video market." The reaction to Jim's lecture about "Merry England" was also edgy, but credible. I commend you all. Thank you.

Michael Barger
San Francisco, CA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I was the lucky one. I came across this charming movie as I was channel surfing. I really enjoyed it from beginning to end. Thank you for airing it.

Carin Hudson
Chicago, IL

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I loved this film! I haven't felt so taken by a straightforward, incredibly well written and acted television film in years. I must have this on video. Why isn't it offered for sale like practically all of the other Masterpiece Theatre episodes? Please advise and please air it again!

Michael Sakamoto
Venice, CA

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Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I must openly admit that I rarely watch your program. It just so happens that I was out of town in February and flipping channels in a hotel room and had the fortune to find PBS. I caught the preview for Lucky Jim and immediately felt I needed to watch the movie. The movie was clever, witty and genuinely sincere. I felt for Jim immediately, and related to his plight in life. Thank you for such a wonderful adaptation of a book that I am now compelled to read. Please continue with this type of clever and thoughtful adaptation. I am 27 years old, surely not your average viewer, but I must admit that if this is what can be expected, I will continue to support public television and radio. Thank you.

Billy Stewart
Virginia Beach, VA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I must say I don't watch that many movies on PBS, but I was flipping through the channels and started to watch Lucky Jim. I didn't get to watch all of it -- just the last hour, I think -- but it was a very comical film. Crazy, if that, but I can say I enjoyed it. Where can you get this on tape or DVD? Of course this is probably the only response from someone my age (25, to be exact). Well, I just thought I'd share this with you. Please air it again... then maybe I can tape it this time.

Shane Whiteskunk
Flandreau, SD

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I am an irregular watcher of Masterpiece Theatre, but after your extraordinarily entertaining and amusing production of Kingsley Amis's Lucky Jim, I may become a more regular devotee. I was so charmed and tickled by the film that I hope it will be rebroadcast or that it will be available on home video soon. I desperately want to see it again! Thank you, Masterpiece Theatre!

Kenneth Yott
Rochester, NY

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Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
What a delight! As a couple of British ex-pats of almost three years standing, and being of about the right vintage to remember things from the 1950s, we spent a large portion of the transmission pointing to things long forgotten as they appeared on the screen, such as public telephones with a "Button A" to connect the call and a "Button B" to refund money. As children, we never passed a telephone box without jumping inside and pressing Button B, just in case there was some money left by an absent-minded caller.

The adaptation of the novel and all of the performances were excellent. I'm only sorry to see that there are no scheduled rebroadcasts.

Sara Adcock
Attleboro, MA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Lucky Jim was an entertaining, funny, and enjoyable love story. Please present this type of story in your future presentations. This story line was much better than the earlier production of Take a Girl Like You, which tried to be a love story but just stressed sex as its theme.

Dick Handschuch
Seaside Park, NJ

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
I watch considerably more PBS than most people my age (31), but I was never too keen on watching Masterpiece Theatre. I figured it would be stuffy and dull, but I watched the intro to Lucky Jim and was immediately drawn in. I am more familiar with Martin Amis's work, but I had heard of his father. I knew that Peter Sellers had made a movie based on one of his films, which I hadn't seen, so I was curious to see what Lucky Jim would be like. I found it to be a brilliant comedy, which anyone could relate to, even if they weren't British or weren't around in 1952, when the story takes place. Congratulations. You have certainly made me reconsider what I thought your show would be like!

Tilly Gokbudak
Edinburg, VA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
We saw Lucky Jim last night and loved it. Along with Wives and Daughters, it was the best production we've seen on TV in quite some time. Thanks.

Erik and Kim Powell
Spokane, WA

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
In my many years of watching Masterpiece Theatre, I have never seen such a weak show: you mangled the plot, missed the humor, and served up a program which displayed contempt for your audience.

Shall I go on? For starters, the Jim/Margaret plot is foregrounded. In the novel, it is not. And the big set piece, Jim's speech, is totally and foolishly revised. Amis is turning in his grave.

Russ Stratton
Hattiesburg, MS

Dear Masterpiece Theatre,
Lucky Jim was truly a hilarious little film about a truly hilarious little man. Not being previously familiar with the works of Kingsley Amis, I shall now surely dig up and read every book of his I can find. It is rare that a film so inspires me to read the source material from which it sprang, but this film did. The actors were wonderfully comical, and the adaptation of the novel extremely well done -- even the lighting evoked an almost documentary feel, like one was watching scenes that were somehow captured on film in the '50s. I believe I may even read Amis's James Bond spy novel, a genre I swore never to go near. Thank you, Masterpiece Theatre. Bravo!

Kevin Kopko
Royal, NJ

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