- Summary: During World War II, Michael Berryman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and Thomas March (James McArdle) met and fell in love. However, after the war, Michael marries Flora (Joanna Vanderham). 60+ years later, Flora (Vanessa Redgrave) is living with her grandson Adam (Julian Morris), who secretly usesDuring World War II, Michael Berryman (Oliver Jackson-Cohen) and Thomas March (James McArdle) met and fell in love. However, after the war, Michael marries Flora (Joanna Vanderham). 60+ years later, Flora (Vanessa Redgrave) is living with her grandson Adam (Julian Morris), who secretly uses a dating app for hook-ups and avoids anything deeper. That is, until he meets Steve (David Gyasi), who wants more in this drama written by Patrick Gale.… Expand
- Genre(s): Drama, Movie/Mini-Series
- Show Type: TV Movie
- Season 1 premiere date: Jun 17, 2018
- Episode Length: 120
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For most of its two hours, “Man in an Orange Shirt,” directed by Michael Samuels, neatly knits the cinematic and sweeping with the subtle and specific into a kind of naturalistic melodrama. It will fill you with feelings, if you let it.
A powerful Masterpiece movie that bridges generations with its tale of repressed and forbidden affections. [11 - 24 Jun 2018, p.13]
I was afraid the message of “Man in an Orange Shirt” would be simplistic--being gay was hard then, but it’s easy now, look how far we’ve come, etc. But the film, strewn with symbols that carry from one story to the other, has other things in mind, and they make it distinctly moving.
Written by novelist Patrick Gale, “Man in an Orange Shirt,” airing timed to national Pride Month, tells stories both familiar and heartfelt (the consequences of repression; not being true to yourself) but also occasionally surprising (“open relationships” come into play in the second, contemporary-set hour).
The film moves on two generations to another era, our own--and regrettably, for the most part, except for the luminous presence of Vanessa Redgrave, extraordinary as Flora, now grown old. ... [Her grandson's] a regular user of dating apps, but he’s just not a happy guy--which is, of course, the point of this final section, awash in sermonizing on the necessity of finding true love.