Re: New S&A Film

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Posted by Owen Roberts on May 25, 2016 at 15:24:49 user OwenRoberts.

In Reply to: Re: New S&A Film posted by Alan Hakim on May 25, 2016 at 11:16:25:

I agree with Mike D, that fewer & fewer of us can remember the 1963 BBC series, including the name change to Kitty.
I did watch it on a 12 inch Pye brand 405 line TV. I had converted it using a Pye kit to receive ITV and reception of BBC was not brilliant.

I wonder if AR mischievously used the name Titty knowing the trouble it might cause. AR was well read in 18/19th Century literature and would be well aware of the name's other older connotations. Certainly at the time or writing SA the name was coming into common use as slang. I do not know if AR protested about the name change to Kitty in the 1963 series - perhaps he was too upset about other aspects.
Possibly the name was a tribute to Evgenia who, according to some reports, was well endowed up front.
Although AR used the Altounyans as an initial snapshot family, name (and sex) changing had already started with Taqui becoming John. (very modern & transgender!)
No doubt a few letters to the press will probably generate a few more curious people in the audience.
Anyway I wait to see if the film is close to the atmosphere of the books rather than being correct in every detail.

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