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EXCLUSIVE!* - Shock Boardgame Anachronism on BBC Four!

Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
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So there I was, watching the BBC Four production of Hattie, a biopic of Hattie Jacques during her marriage to John Le Mesurier, when up comes a scene with a boardgame close-up. The camera then tilted up to the family, where Hattie and John were about to announce to their two young boys that they were about to be divorced.

The game was Exploration, a fairly famous game which was eventually published by Waddingtons in 1970; the earlier version was first published in 1967 (apparently by the designer). I suspect the copy they had was a Waddingtons version; in any case, I surmised it could not have been there because:-

HATTIE AND JOHN WERE DIVORCED IN 1965!!!

It was a very unusual relationship they had, Hattie taking a live-in lover while they were still married and everything being so hush-hush. But to my knowledge, neither of them were time-travellers!

WHAT A CARRY-ON!!!

*Exclusive for those who never spotted it the first time this drama was shown, a couple of months back!
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