Blue Remembered Hills
|Blue Remembered Hills|
|Written by||Dennis Potter|
|Directed by||Brian Gibson|
|Narrated by||Dennis Potter|
|Theme music composer||Marc Wilkinson|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|Original release||30 January 1979|
|Preceded by||Pennies from Heaven (1978)|
|Followed by||Blade on the Feather (1980)|
The play concerns a group of seven-year-olds playing in the Forest of Dean one summer afternoon in 1943. It ends abruptly when the character Donald is burnt to death partly as a result of the other children's actions. Perhaps the most striking feature of the play is that, although the characters are children, they are played by adult actors. Potter first used this device in Stand Up, Nigel Barton (1965) and returned to it in Cold Lazarus (1996).
The dialogue is written in a Forest of Dean dialect, which Potter also uses extensively in other dramas incorporating a Forest of Dean setting, most notably A Beast with Two Backs (1968), Pennies from Heaven (1978) and The Singing Detective (1986).
The stars of the original production were:
- Into my heart an air that kills
- From yon far country blows:
- What are those blue remembered hills,
- What spires, what farms are those?
- That is the land of lost content,
- I see it shining plain,
- The happy highways where I went
- And cannot come again.
"Blue remembered hills" is also the title of Rosemary Sutcliff's autobiography (1983).