Private Peaceful – Episode 1

Tommo, Charlie and Molly at the village school.

Private Peaceful - Episode 1: synopsis

Each episode begins with a brief passage in which Thomas ‘Tommo’ Peaceful relates something of his present circumstances, before he begins to recollect events from the past. In the first of these we learn that he is young, is alone and that the night ahead is meaningful to him. For some reason he wishes to remain awake and alert.

After his brief opening reflection Tommo begins his recollection of his childhood, beginning with his first day at school. Throughout we learn about his family. Charlie, his older brother, protects and comforts him. Big Joe, his eldest brother, is cared for at home by his mother. We discover he is different in some way. Tommo describes his two contrasting teachers - Mr Munnings and Miss McAllister - and how he copes with his first day at school. The episode ends with Tommo’s description of the death of his father, for which he feels responsible.

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More from this series

Private Peaceful – Episode 2
Private Peaceful – Episode 3
Private Peaceful – Episode 4