My Life in Kenya - Autobiography featured in the storyline
of the British sitcom AS TIME GOES BY/BBC/1992-2002.
Palmer starred as Lionel Hardcastle, a divorced ex-army officer and
coffee-planter who returned to England to write his
autobiography entitled "My Life in Kenya."
To transcribe his notes
for the book Lionel hired the services of a local secretarial
agency. During his interaction with the owner of the agency,
Jean (Judi Dench), a smart and hardworking widow, Lionel
suddenly realized that Jean was the student nurse he fell in
love with 38 years ago before he was sent off to Korea while a
young Army officer.
As Lionel and Jean compare notes, they realize both their lives
were changed because Jean's love letter got lost in the mail and
Lionel thought she no longer cared for him because she didn't
Slowly, the Lionel and Jean rekindled their lost love
amidst the interruptions of Jean's twice divorced daughter,
Judith (Moira Brooker).
session for "My Life in Kenya" book cover with girl
Close up of
Lionel dressed as a great white hunter
trendy young book publisher, Alistair (Philip Bretherton)
arrives on the scene and actively promotes Lionel's manuscript.
To pump up sales for the memoir, Alistair hires a photographer to
shot a book jacket. The photographs depicted Lionel posing in
a hunter's outfit, holding a rifle and being pawed by a
beautiful blond who groveled sensuously on the ground while
grabbing at his leg (i.e. sex sells books).
[Alistair explains the idea for the book
Danger, adventure, sex -- she's the sex.
She looks like all three if
you ask me.
Lionel later discovered the reason why Alistair took such an
interest in his book. It seems back in 1947 Lionel's father lent
Alistair's father 500 Pounds to start a publishing firm.
Alistair was paying back the favor by promoting Lionel's book.