Goodbye, Mr. Chips TV PG
Airing Sunday, February 27, 2005 on PBS
(Check local listings; dates and times may vary)
Aired previously October 2003
In the annals of English boarding schools, few can match the renown of Brookfield, "a good school of the second rank," with its unforgettable Latin master Mr. Chipping, known to all as "Mr. Chips." Masterpiece Theatre's heartwarming new adaptation of James Hilton's beloved novella stars Martin Clunes as the amiable educator who arrives at Brookfield as a young teacher in the 1870s, and finds himself a venerated old timer in the 1920s with vivid memories of his thousands of children -- "all boys."
Also appearing are Victoria Hamilton as Kathie, the fetching young feminist who most improbably becomes Mrs. Chipping; Conleth Hill as fellow teacher and friend Max Staefel; John Wood as headmaster Wetherby and Patrick Malahide as Ralston, the reforming headmaster who is determined to put the vintage Chips out to pasture.
Originally published in the 1933 Christmas issue of a British periodical, Goodbye, Mr. Chips was dashed off in four days by the 33-year-old Hilton, who had just scored a fabulous success with his novel Lost Horizon, a tale of immortality set in the fictional Tibetan utopia of "Shangri-La." Mr. Chips could not have been more different, but it too caught the public imagination and was soon issued as a book. It has never gone out of print.
For all the haste that went into its composition, Goodbye, Mr. Chips is a perfect little masterpiece, which evoked this praise from the famously irascible critic Alexander Woollcott: "A tender and gentle story as warming to the heart and as nourishing to the spirit as any I can remember... The most profoundly moving story that has passed this way in several years."
Surely no other story set in a Latin classroom has ever come close.
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Preview: Goodbye, Mr. Chips
Essays + Interviews
Author James Hilton
A history of Goodbye, Mr. Chips
An interview with the producers
How to age an actor
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Novel to Film
Russell Baker on...
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