After last week’s wallow into childhood of the Swallows & Amazons, tonight I watched the dvd of Coot Club, from the 1983 BBC series. I love it. A rareity, it’s actually as good twenty years later (my, is it really that long) as it was when I first saw it, I’m having to restrain myself from watching The Big Six until tomorrow night.

I’ve also, come away from it absolutely determined to one day film all twelve books over several years using the same actors. From the innocence of Conniston Water or the Cumbrian fells, to accidental crossings of the North Sea, or the adventure on the high seas that you get in the fictious adventure (they were actually moored in Lowestoft harbour) of Peter Duck and Missee Lee, to the poignantsy of Great Northern – I feel that these stories deserve the love and attention of turning them into film.

One day, I promise…

Additional: They’ve now released Press Gang Season One on dvd – hmmn… I’ve put it on my wish list