Which TV drama written by Michael Palin was based on his own memories of dreary seaside holidays?
"East of Ipswich" is a BBC television drama from 1987 written by Michael Palin, based on his own memories of dreary holidays in English coastal towns in the 1950s. It is the story of the rite of passage of 17-year-old Richard Burrill; Palin claims that the story mirrors his own first meeting with his wife.
Sitting in deckchairs and touring churches is not the holiday 17-year-old Richard wants, but his parents insist on taking him. They are staying at the Tregaron guesthouse in the (fictional) seaside town of Easton in Suffolk. This traditional English boarding house is owned and run by the formidable Miss Wilbraham.
The film was written by Michael Palin and directed by Tristram Powell as part of the BBC's "Screen Two" series. The series was commissioned as an anthology drama series to replace the "Play for Today", and ran for five series. "East of Ipswich" was the fifth of fifteen episodes in the third series, and was first aired on 1 February 1987. It was produced by Innes Lloyd with original music by George Fenton.