Of particular interest to me, because Sir William Golding was my English Master at school and I actually have a photograph which I took of him during a lesson when we were supposed to be writing a paraphrase or something similar and he was (not supposed to be) writing his first novel; The Lord of the Flies.
Anyone who was at our school at that time would have recognised some of their classmates in some of the book's characters - even our Deputy Head Master, who like Golding had recently returned from wartime service in the Royal Navy to resume their pre-war schoolmasters' posts.
I will certainly be watching this programme and I can take this opportunity to give a few facts which may not appear relevent to the subject matter of the programme.
He was an accomplished pianist, a very good cellist and, when we needed an oboe in the school orchestra, he taught himself to play it
We had an Air Training Corps at school and I was in the ATC band, (although I was actually too young to join). When the two mariners returned to the school, they persuaded the Headmaster to abandon the ATC in favour of a Sea Cadet Corps. (Thirty miles from the nearest sea shore, but there was the River Avon to practise on). When I was called up for my National Service, I joined The Royal Artillery Band.
I wonder how many others, outside of Royalty, have worn the uniforms of all three of the armed services?
The programme might be a bit late at night for some, but presumably it will be available on the red button.