IT is surprising to read that 2your television critic, H. R. F. Keating, finds the TV version of the "Forsyte Saga" boring (January '27). Press reports elsewhere have been complimentary. I do not read the Times, so am unable to dispute that the long or short "o" in Jolyon is a burning issue. But as a Catholic mother of a teenage family of different interests and views I am delighted because this is the first TV programme that all our family watch every week and enjoy.
Today, too often TV comedy and humour are vulgar, to say the least; dialogue and scenes in many plays are offensive and embarrassing, particularly for family viewing—not to mention mediocre plots and acting.
In the "Forsyte Saga", we truly have a galaxy of stars, who give performances of very high standing. In fact, most weeks it is impossible to single out any particular actor for special mention—the overall production is so good.
If the story consists of "births, deaths, love affairs, revelations" which H. R. F. Keating finds utterly sedate, then I can only say that to the average viewer these things are the very stuff everyday life consists of. It all happens more sedately in the "Saga", because Galsworthy was writing of the sedate age in which he lived (1867-1933). His book paints a vivid picture of life in London at that time.
As to the occasional "oddly glaring" production slip-ups, I wonder how many ordinary viewers noticed them? Cer
SHEILA GODDARD'S leth---/ ter of January 27 underlines my own frustrations. I, too. am in my thirties, with a young family; I am busy, happy, and just as eager to read and discuss and (very important to women who are more or less housebound) listen to enlightened and progressive speakers on the Faith. as ever I was. But I find I have less time than I need. However, if there were "interesting lectures, or talks between Catholic clergy and laity on important issues" in my area, I would definitely make every effort to attend. I think Londoners and inhabitants of other very large cities are very fortunate.
I can echo Mrs. Goddard's feelings about how early one's faith can slip away; I have seen it happen only too often.
Catechism instruction at school, followed by a spot of Legion or similar work, thereafter the Catholic Press (and your paper does its hest, I know, to present all aspects of vital questions) and the weekly sermon are just not enough. One yearns for new facets, stimulating discussion. Any suggestions?
M. Griffin Swansea.
tainly none of our friends did. The only complaint we haste heard is—why didn't they put it on BBC-17 We look forward to every future episode of the "Forsyte Saga" for good, real, family and above all, clean entertainment, which in these days unfortunately is rare.
V. Coveney (Mrs.) Romford, Essex.