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Sorrell and Son: Paul Critchley.
03. Oct 2010 at 21:08
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I recently managed to obtain a DVD of 'Sorrell and Son' which was broadcast on ITV in 1984. I remembered the programme but never thought I would find it on a DVD. For those who don't know, it is the story of Stephen Sorrell, an ex-army captain from the First World War, who has a 13 year old son, Kit (Christopher). It centres on the man's sacrifices after falling on hard times in the 1920's to give his boy a good education. It follows the man's efforts through menial jobs to keep them both together. Richard Pascoe plays the father but, even of more interest, is the boy actor, Paul Critchley, who plays Kit. Unfortunately, Paul only appears in the first two of the six episodes. After that Kit is played by Peter Chelsom, who probably looked okay when he was younger!
Warwick Deeping wrote the book on which the series was based. In fact Deeping wrote many books, about one a year, but 'Sorrell and Son' was the one that caught on with the public. It is a touching tale of a father's devotion to his son and the love reciprocated by the boy. Paul Critchley is great in the part and the whole series is quite absorbing although it does drag a bit when the older Kit keeps meeting all these women.
What intrigues me is that there is no mention of the TV series on BA nor is Paul Critchley listed even. Something I trust that will be immediately corrected. Wink I'm sorry but I do not have the means to post a picture of Critchley otherwise I would do so.
Also of interest is the fact I had to buy this DVD online and then noted it came from an American source. This is also the case with the two BBC productions of 'Little Lord Fauntleroy' (1994) starring Michael Benz and 'The Prince and the Pauper' (1996) starring Philip Sarson. They make these TV series in the UK then don't seem to bother to capitalise on DVD sales. Odd.
Anyone remember 'Sorrell and Son'?

  
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Re: Sorrell and Son: Paul Critchley.
Reply #1 - 02. Jan 2011 at 14:10
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I can't recall hearing about the series before now. I've found the series posted on Thebox.bz so I'll check out the first couple of episodes and respond further.
  
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Reply #2 - 10. Oct 2017 at 00:00
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(...Yes, I'm replying to a post made several years ago!...)

The reason Paul Critchley isn't in the database is probably that he's too old. His birthday was February 8 1964, so he was presumably 19 years old when he did Sorrell and Son (1984). I find this startling, because he looks very much younger (and has his voice even broken in this series? It doesn't sound like it....), but there you have it.

His first acting credit was in 1982 (an adaptation of Beau Geste). He died in 2013, aged 49.

All six episodes of Sorrell and Son can be viewed on Youtube (though the quality is not nearly as good as the DVD).
  
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Reply #3 - 11. Oct 2017 at 17:40
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Oh, I've relented and added him anyway! He plays a 13-year-old in "Sorrell and Son" (and can very easily pass for 13 as well), so that's my excuse! I haven't yet got the discs of "Sorrell and Son", so have had to rely on YouTube, which is rather a poor quality picture. But when I get my DVD copy, I'll update the picture.

  
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