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My Mother and Other Strangers 

Review of "My Mother and Other Strangers" 7/7/17 by Suzanne
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 Nazis.

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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