TV Show Reviews
Review of "My
Mother and Other Strangers" 7/7/17 by
Airs Sundays 8/7c on PBS
This is an interesting show, set in Northern Ireland
during WWII. It starts very slowly at first, but it gets
more interesting as it progresses. The Coyne family own a
small pub. Mrs. Rose Coyne is British and the locals haven't
really warmed to her (and she's a bit odd). They have
a teenaged daughter who's very young and naive as well, and
a young son. There's a large U.S. Army Air Force
base nearby, which deeply affects the town. The people of
the town don't seem to think that the war is their problem,
so many of them resent the present of the military men. The
Coyne family don't agree with this attitude. The father,
Michael, seems wary of the men, but they drink at his bar.
The Coyne mother and daughter are attracted to some of the
men. The young son just wants to fly planes when he
gets older, so he's a little obsessed with the pilots.
Each episode has a different focus or story, yet the
triangle between Rose, her husband, and the air force
officer Captain Dreyfuss grows with each episode. Things get
more and more tangled up for the Coynes and their children.
The people in the village, especially the men, are not happy
that these young men want to come in to their town and steal
the women (or their virtues) before they go off to fight the
This is definitely worth watching. Check it out!
Set in Northern Ireland during World War Two, My
Mother and Other Strangers follows the fortunes of the
Coyne family and their neighbors as they struggle to
maintain a normal life after a huge United States Army Air
Force (USAAF) airfield, with 4,000 service men and women,
lands in the middle of their rural parish.
Compelling weekly stories, many of them based on events
of the time, are held together by an ongoing love story that
enfolds and imprisons Rose Coyne (Hattie Morahan, Sense
& Sensibility), the parish school teacher and a pillar
of the local community, in a dangerous love triangle between
her husband, Michael (Owen McDonnell), and the charming
USAAF liaison officer, Captain Dreyfuss (Aaron Staton,
Mad Men). Meanwhile, the Coyne’s children, sixteen year
old Emma, Francis, ten, and Kate, seven, have no idea of the
strains under which their parents’ marriage creaks.
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