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HARRY SILVER hits 30 and panics. He has a beautiful wife and the perfect child – but perhaps a flashy sports car will make him feel better.Unfortunately, he also goes for the One Night Stand and throws it all away in a moment of infidelity.
His shattered wife Gina leaves to go and work in Japan. Suddenly it is just Harry and his five-year-old son Pat. They must learn to get along together and Harry is forced to confront the realities of fatherhood in the modern world.
The BBC’s production of Tony Parsons’ hit novel is one of the mainstays of their Easter schedule, and it doesn’t disappoint.
The book by Parsons – who makes a Hitchcock style cameo appearance himself – has sold more than 1.5million copies and he jumped at the chance of it moving to the small screen under the guidance of producer Kate Harwood and director Simon Curtis.
It’s a simple story told simply, but brought to life beautifully by some smashing performances.
102 Dalmations star Ioan Gruffudd, as TV producer Harry, is the central figure and the action revolves around his relationships with his family, workmates and lovers.
But for me the real star was six-year-old Dominic Howell, in his first TV acting role, as angel-faced and Star Wars obsessed Pat.
Natasha Little as cheated wife Gina and Elizabeth Mitchell – ER’s Dr Kim Legaspi – as Harry’s new love Cyd are also excellent.
There are roles too for a couple of more well-known faces in Pauline Collins as Harry’s mother Betty and Ian McShane as loose-cannon chat show host Marty Mann.
Harry’s role with his father Paddy – Jack Shepherd – is also a key part of the film.
If you’ve read the book you probably won’t think it’s as good – are they ever? – but Man and Boy is still a rollercoaster of emotions it’s worth settling down for a trip on.
Rating: Eight out of 10.
Man And Boy airs on BBC1 on Saturday March 30 at 9pm.