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If Only – Series 1 Episode 5 (2003)


Three moving vignettes make up this program of lost opportunities. There’s one about a man who thought his problems of cloudy vision were an irreversible factor of old age when in fact he needed a simple cataract operation. There’s another about a musician who saved her cello from falling but broke her wrist in doing so, and became convinced she would never play again. And finally there’s the harrowing story of a ward of the state who spent her whole life without the love of a mother.

Curator’s notes

These vignettes from life are moving and well told. Each individual is so articulate, brave and funny, despite the sadness of his or her situation, that I’d love to know more about them.