I remember, a long time ago, when Sunday afternoons stretched out interminably, watching the black and white version of Goodbye Mr Chips on TV and enjoying a good cry at the end. Mr Chips gets a mention in another weepy about a retiring schoolmaster, The Browning Version, which was broadcast this afternoon in a new production starring Michael York and produced by Martin Jarvis. Nearly everything that Martin Jarvis does is good, but this was superb. It was such a welcome contrast to all those dreary plays which fill the ‘Afternoon Play’ slot on Radio 4. This new production of The Browning Version is the start of a Terence Rattigan season to celebrate the centenary of his birth. If the rest of of season is as good as this, we are in for a treat.
The video is taken from the film with Albert Finney in the lead part of Crocker-Harris and shows the scene in which he breaks down, after being given the unexpected leaving gift by his pupil Taplow.