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Break in the Sun

DRAMATISED SERIES BASED on a Bernard Ashley novel. Centered around a ginger girl called Patsy who ran away from an unhappy home in a London tower block (aren’t they always?) to sail off on a boat with a group of actors. Whole thing witnessed by Roland Browning lookalike friend who colluded with her Dad (BRIAN HALL – Terry the chef in FAWLTY TOWERS) and who tracked her down to Margate and ultimately to closing encounter at the top of a rollercoaster.



  1. Rastus McSpooner

    October 29, 2010 at 3:20 pm

    Patsy was played by Nicola Cowper, following this, I believe she starred in an ITV series called something like “Dear Heart”.
    I remember watching this, whenever I hear “Golden Brown” by the Stranglers, it reminds me a bit of the music for this, unlikely that the Stranglers track was used, as the series predates it by about a year…

  2. Austin Maxi

    October 19, 2014 at 3:47 pm

    The theme music to ‘Break In The Sun’ was John Renbourn’s ‘Reflections’.

  3. Damon

    September 19, 2015 at 6:33 am

    Patsy Bligh was the name of the character. Ginger haired girl. Boats. Acting. Quite a solemn drama as I recall, went out during normal Children’s BBC teatime programmes.

  4. Tom Ronson

    September 30, 2020 at 8:54 pm

    I remember reading the book at school and finding it quite grim, which is par for the course for me where anything dealing with the childhood bogeyman of ‘coming to age’ is concerned. I find Grease (1978) fairly depressing for broadly similar reasons. The television adaptation, on the other hand, is pretty solid, with good performances all round, especially from Brian Hall as Patsy’s father. A DVD release would be nice.

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