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Peter is a unnamed and unprepared tourist hiking through Spain who learns the hard way that not carrying a map in a country where you don’t speak the language is a bad idea, but an even worse idea is trusting a dog with a bundle of lit dynamite.
(On the other hand though, there is baggy shorts wearing, and silly walking, and curly hair, and running, so it’s not all doom and gloom.)
But seriously, if you don’t want to have anything to do with implied VERY BAD THINGS happening to children or a nice dog, this is probably not the made for tv 30-minute short for you. It’s funny, but it’s extremely dark humor that’s not going to be everyone’s cup of tea.
Good things about John: his face and his dress sense.
Bad things about John: pretty much everything else. Personality-wise and cleverness-wise, he leaves a lot to be desired. Although, perhaps, that’s just because the whole Travelling Man world is a very mean world and John is just trying to survive the best way he knows how.
But let’s concentrate the good things and even better than the jeans is the only known screen appearance of Peter’s earring (that he had as a Dreamboy and otherwise took out when he started acting as he says – and indicates – in the A Mighty Big If Interview) which instantly elevates this production to the top ranks, even if so many of his other characters are much nicer people.
I continue to give many, many, many thanks to littlenem0 for pointing this in my direction. It’s a five minute short shown on BBC1 on Christmas Day 1997 and uploaded to Youtube more than seven years ago. For about six of those years it was fully accessible, but last year, about a week after I saved the copy I have, it was blocked for people in the USA , so I’m extra glad I was able to grab it while I could. (Why, Youtube, why?)
The film is a two-hander with Peter and Sam West (using a somewhat dubious Scottish accent) made, according to the director who commented on the Youtube post that I can no longer see, in a only a couple of hours before they lost the light.
The story is about an unhappy man (Peter with shockingly short hair that only doesn’t look strange because we’re so used to suit+overcoat+scarf+sticky up short hair+looking entirely fed up = Malcolm) who has an unexpected encounter with someone I think we can assume is the ghost of a Great War soldier who tells him about the Christmas truce of 1914 and helps him put his own (presumably family) problems in perspective and also leaves him a present.