Synopsis by Mike Cummings
My Uncle Silas tells the story of a mischievous reprobate in rural England in the early 20th century. The production consists of five episodes based on a collection of short stories H.E. Bates published in 1939 to relive the memories of his youth in Northamptonshire. Albert Finney stars as the title character, a kind of over-the-hill Tom Jones who lives life to the fullest -- and then some. Silas' misadventures are presented through eyes of his great nephew, Edward (whom Silas calls Ned), a ten-year-old who spends a summer vacation with Silas. The boy learns an important lesson from the old fellow: carpe diem. In episode one, "The Wedding," Silas and his relatives celebrate the wedding of his son. At the reception, Silas gets drunk, toasts the couples, and dances well into the night with the lovely bride. Ned can only marvel at his uncle's "eloquence" and stamina. In episode two, Silas and Ned paper walls at a hotel at which liquor is forbidden and the proprietor neglects his wife. By the time the walls are papered, Silas has rehabilitated the proprietor. He not only appreciates his wife, but he also begins to serve liquor. In episode three, Silas wins over a proper lady by serving her the best tea she ever tasted (because, unknown to her, it's spiked with booze), and comforts her on her deathbed. In episode four, Silas jogs himself into passable shape to box a brute named Goliath, and in episode five, he tells Ned a stirring tale from his youth in which he and his friends go swimming in the nude and impish creatures called girls steal their clothes.
boy, nephew, tea, wedding