The Irish/Masterpiece/BBC production of “My mother and other strangers” through marvelous acting, superb writing and direction, is one of the very BEST Masterpiece theater presentations that I’ve ever seen—I’ve been watch in g Masterpiece presentations since the 1970s.
“My mother and…” is set in a small, very humble and kind of backward village in Ireland with very proud and rough inhabitants. The village is being occupied during World War II (the late 1940s) by an American Air force Squadron which leads to many conflicts between the proud villagers and the young “Airmen”. Among the Irish inhabitants is a very so called “well-read” family consisting of a stoic, good hearted and very unromantic father that owns the local pub and dabbles with the “black-market” trying hard for he and his family to survive. There is a pre-teen son (narrator of the story), teenage sister that is just entering the exciting times of “teen discoveries” (i.e., sex. Lipstick, dating, etc) and a nosey and prone to childhood illness baby sister that is, I guess, about 5 years old.
Keeping the above family “together” is a transplanted from England, mother (“My mother…”) that is extremely “well-read” , smart, honest mother living as best she can, with her rather dull but very good husband that she loves madly. Enters into her life, a handsome, extremely well-read and romantic Airman that she “falls” for.
Hattie Morahan, as the mother, is a fabulous actress wonderfully evoking the tortures the mother is going through having “found” a very fulfilling new romance while being in love with her husband.
All-in-all I truly LOVED this Masterpiece theater presentation having watched it in its entirety four times.
(I have been corrected that it was Northern Ireland NOT Ireland and that the time-frame was not the late 1940's but 1943--sorry for my mistakes!)