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Noah's Castle - The Complete Series [DVD]

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The cover may have some limited signs of wear but the pages are clean, intact and the spine remains undamaged.

Noah’s Castle tackles all of these issues to varying extents, but to my mind its lasting power lies in the sensory rendering it provides of how it might feel when a society actually, in real time, starts to collapse: everything pretty much normal, maybe just a bit worse—with a background noise of helicopters, sirens, smashing glass, running feet, and tolling bells gradually growing louder in the background. There are 4 of them and while I didn't like any of them, I'm going to focus on Barry and the oldest sister, Nessie. The dank shadow of WWII still hung heavy: youth clubs were held in ex-WAAF canteens, traces of Anderson shelters still poked through back gardens, and even thriving towns far from London displayed the exposed second-floor fireplaces and diagonal walls that were the badge of having been bombed by German planes. Taut, pacy, and genuinely unsettling, Townsend’s Noah’s Castle takes place on the periphery of the unfolding chaos, revealing the story as it would be perceived by the more or less passive protagonists. I didn't really like the main characters, and was more sympathetic to secondary characters like Cliff, Stuart, and Terry.He bribes someone with a promise of swiss francs if they reveal where one of the other main characters is hoarding their supplies. Modern novels tend to open with a crisis and move quickly forward, but the first two chapters of this story develop characters and setting. With novels like INCARCERON and HOW I LIVE NOW gaining acclaim in the same genre, this really stands out. I remember watching this on the abc in Australia too growing up, maybe mid 80s from memory and finding it disturbing and compelling in equal measures, the haunting theme tune, the central performance from the actor playing Norman, the threat and display of violence and suppression throughout, pretty heavy stuff for early evening kids tv, especially if was then followed by the Goodies!

The only thing I couldn’t quite get passed was the father’s attitude, but if you think about it he was only really trying to think about his family and their future.

That grouping includes The Owl Service (1968), Children of the Stones (1978), The Changes (1975), Sky (1975) and The Stone Tape (1972)… One series which often seems to be slightly overlooked amongst such things is 1979’s Noah’s Castle, based on John Rowe’s 1975 novel. 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. TV drama series set in a time of social and economic collapse where hyper-inflation has lead to food shortages and mass riots. There is no way I can fully get my feelings about this book across without "spoiling" the plot line for you.

He was for some time editor of The Guardian's weekly international edition, and also served as the paper's children's books editor. I liked the characters of Cliff and Stuart, who still wanted to do what was right and take care of their fellow man. The whole of the book is a slow decline into the inevitable collapse of both the nation and the family at the center of this book. But he seems to be the sort of man who considers himself the king of his castle, and thinks it's his job to take care of his family. The series renders the grottiness, greyness, and shabbiness of a collapsing ’70s Britain (which didn’t look that different to supposedly uncollapsing ’70s Britain) surprisingly well: drinking and smoking abound, and gangs of resentful-looking blokes lurk on street corners, looking for a scapegoat to take out their frustrations on.Dad Norman (David Neal), a former soldier and now a shoe salesman, sees the collapse coming and moves the family to a huge house on the edge of town – the castle of the title – and begins hoarding food and other supplies.

An early 1980s dystopian children's drama series, imagining a breakdown in British society following high inflation and food shortages. When Norman’s boss, the lecherous Mr Gerald (Jack May), forces himself on them, Norman’s wife (Jean Rimmer) and teenage daughter (Annette Ekblom) find themselves virtually living as slaves while Norman is forced to deal with an official food distribution group, a group of anarchists bent of redistributing the Norman’s wealth and gang of black marketers led by chirpy Cockney geezer Mike Reid, long before his turn on EastEnders (1985-) but already a familiar face to the kids as the host of Southern’s anarchic game show Runaround (1975-1981). If we look at world news, there are example of just how much at the mercy of these thugs the average person is. Noah's Castle was filmed by Southern television and transmitted in seven 25-minute episodes in 1980.Possibly not the best book to be reading during this period of global unrest and inflationary fun, but I heard about this book as being a fascinating "what if" look at a socioeconomic collapse in post-war Great Britain. Unbeknownced to Norman, his secret may be out, and some greedy locals may be looking to clear him out. Nessie thinks everything her father is doing is wrong, she finds is abhorrent that her father thought ahead and hoarded food for his family when other people are doing without. Originally published in 1975, Noah’s Castle was written by John Rowe Townsend, a deft and prolific children’s author who produced books in a range of genres from romance to thriller to science fiction, and who, although almost forgotten now, was well-known at the time for Gumble’s Yard (1961), a portrait of working-class life inspired by his reporting for the Manchester Guardian.

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