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Noah's Castle - The Complete Series [DVD]

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In varying degrees, the author explores each path as we see this world through the eyes of teenager Barry Mortimer. It would be nice to think that father figures as deluded and controlling as Norman no longer exist outside of fiction, but it’s a fair bet that they do, though they perhaps have adopted a subtler portfolio of techniques. I imagine it sparking rich conversations over family dynamics, the individual versus the greater good, and the impact of government economic decisions. It fits right at home in dystopian tales like The Line by Teri Hall and Life As We Knew It by Susan Beth Pfeffer.

As growing numbers of the inhabitants of a wealthy first-world country are forced to turn to food banks to survive the conservative government’s decision to make the poorest pay for a recession they didn’t cause, the Brexit parallels don’t just suggest themselves, they pretty much jump out and smack you in the face with a metaphorical riot shield. When he blows this whistle there is a sense of a chill, unsettled wind running through the air and in the sequence the whistle’s tone acts as a carrier signal back through time.I think it's important to keep that in mind while reading, as while most of the book stands the test of time, there are parts which are a little dated. Nostalgia Central covers the period 1950 to 1999 and contains some words and references which reflect the attitudes of those times and which may be considered culturally sensitive, offensive or inappropriate today. but the chilling sense of hopelessness and fear of ordinary lives being turned upside down by forces that no-one can seem to control would certainly have struck a chord.

That pervasive strain of dour dystopian fiction that ran throughout 70s British television once again found its way into children’s television with this startling vision of a near future where society is on the very edge of imminent collapse. Right now, the US Government is printing billions of dollars that are backed by nothing - precisely the same state of affairs in the UK that starts the ball rolling in this story.

It underlines the self-deluding limits of the then-nascent prepper movement that preached an unlikely gospel: in short, that one well-prepared man (and it is pretty much always a man) can hold out against anything. His lack of including his wife in any of his decisions and how he treated her as a possession without an opinion rubbed me the wrong way. Given the subject matter, it’s relatively unremarkable, though it’s very competently made and acted, and its surreal juxtaposition of the homely realities of everyday British life and the pungent sensation of approaching doom throws up some extremely memorable images. Episodes focused around how living in this new UK with is almost military junta government affected the main characters lives.

would go on to stay at exactly the same level in Thatcher's Britain of the 1980s, the 1970s is considered to be the sick decade. But after Norman refuses Vince Holloway’s offer of a bit of mutually beneficial black marketeering, things come to a head with a stand-off in the cellar between Dad, Holloway’s gang, Cliff’s redistributors, and the angry mob that, after seizing Mr Gerald’s car, has come looking for more. I've seen a few reviewers not be able to get past the father's attitude, so think it's important to keep things in context. The hero of Jerry Ahern’s demented, post-apocalyptic The Survivalist novels was forced to invent increasingly ludicrous amounts of infrastructure to allow his protagonist to thrive, but any putative British preppers back then were more likely to be an outgrowth of the D.In this sense, Noah’s Castle could be seen as the lower budget, more youth-orientated flipside to the final series of Quatermass (1979) and its consideration of societal collapse and norms. My problem was the viewpoint of the author that a father who tries to take care of his family is somehow evil and that sacrificing yourself and your family for the greater good is somehow noble. There is a cast member who was well known in 1979 and that was Mike " Ricky " Reid long before he became Frank Butcher in EASTENDERS but in the 70s Reid was a well kent face due to his stand up comedy routines . This is a possible flaw with the central plot since it's never explained why a country crippled by hyper inflation would be on the brink of starvation .

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