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Date: 22nd June 2012


I had recorded this programme and managed to watch it last week. What an absolute joy and the kind of programme at which the BBC excel.

I was particularly interested in Felicity’s India because my own father was born there in the Nilgiri Hills. In fact, Father’s family emigrated there  at the time of Clive of India around 1750 and Daddy was the first to come back just before Partition. Unfortunately the offspring of my Grandfather’s second wife apparently took our family bible which had in it the family history – why they did is a mystery as it was nothing to do with them. I would dearly love to know more about that period of nearly 200 years ago when the Atkins were first in India but to try and trace it back now and without the family bible would be a difficult job and also very expensive. I’ve always had an interest in finding out about our history and my Father now regrets not showing more interest when his Mother, who died young, spoke of our forbears.

I do know that my Grandmother (who I never met) was Irish and a Scanlon and that my Great Grandmother was German. So add the French from my Mother’s family and I’m a right mongrel and a true European.

Back to Felicity. Many years ago I’d watched the film ‘Shakespeare Wallah’ which was about her itinerant family and their wanderings throughout India performing Shakespeare. It was a fascinating story and the documentary was no less interesting. Felicity met many of the Indian folk who’d been influenced by her father and mother. Of course the backdrop – the architecture, sights and sounds of India were incredibly colourful to the point one could almost ‘smell it’.

Felicity was a joy to watch. Being an actress she has the gift of ‘stillness’ – none of this waving her arms and hands around like windmill sails. She also has a good voice and is extremely easy on the eye. HD is a vicious medium – particularly to we women. It shows all our wrinkles and defects. Although Felicity had many lines I am absolutely positive she’s not had any work done, yet still came across as a most attractive older woman with a face full of character.

As I’d recorded the programme I will be able to watch it again and again. A total Joy.

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