Joe Maddison’s War press reviews

Productions September 1, 2010

“Had the best of Plater in it, from his dry, humane wit to his willingness to take risks with a swerve into deep emotion” – Tom Sutcliffe, The Independent

“Simple, emotional, and as honest as beef stew… The drama exhibited Plater’s skill for what you might call credible wit: the characters came out with lines that were witty in a quiet rather than smarmy way; it’s the kind of wit you hear in everyday life” – Michael Deacon, The Telegraph Online

“This was a perfect and perfectly simple drama of a shipyard welder on wartime Tyneside whose wife leaves him for a naval officer” – John Lloyd, Financial Times (Life and Arts)

“Plater’s dialogue is a constant joy” – The Guardian Guide

“Beautifully written” – Richard Brooks, The Sunday Times (Culture)

“Every once in a while, a one-off drama or series comes along that restores your faith in Britain’s ability to produce great television. This is one such example” – Eastern Daily Press

“Plater’s eye for the minutiae of ordinary lives was as sharp as ever” – Keith Watson, The Metro