Sunday, March 30, 2008
Let us clay
SCREAM! Clay, BBC One, 3.30pm
You know how they don't make Sunday afternoon family telly like they used to in our day? Some of us may well be more than happy with the More4 Sunday afternoon of coooking greatness Come Dine With Me, Jame at Home and whatever River Cottage programme is on that week, but won't somebody please think of the children? And the non-foodies?
Well, today they have. Clay is one of those dramas that would feel more at home on a Bank Holiday, perhaps, but it's nonetheless a welcome addition to a lacklustre "big five channels" Sunday afternoon schedule.
Starring Imelda Staunton, which is always reason enough to preview anything, it is a 'family' drama based on a 'best-selling' (we haven't heard of it, but then we were twelve a very long time ago) book by David Almond. The story is set in Tyneside in the 1960s and features a boy called Davie Hagan making friends with a strange man, Stephen Rose who has been expelled from priesthood training. Imelda plays Davie's auntie.
Stephen has a 'talent' for making life-like clay models and one day he makes one that appears to be very life-like and has been made with the intention of obeying its creators. That surely can't be a good thing...
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I thought this was rather bizarre for Sunday afternoon viewing and was rather shocked to see it was partly a CBBC production, as I didn't think it was suitable for kids at all. Must be getting old.
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