Many people have seen John Thaw in the title role of this story and it's impossible to read or listen to this story without thinking of him. If you haven't seen the BBC video play, then you must get that as well as this.
"Willy" is a little boy that's been evacuated to the country south of London, during the early stages of WWII. It shows how the war impacted the country folk as well as the "Londoners" that stayed in the city. The central character "Tom" is a grumpy old man who is the village's general "Mr. Fixit" and how he gets saddled with one of these evacuees "Willy." Willy is a very quiet, unassuming lad who was living in London with his mother (a very religious, brutal woman with some very strange ideas.) "Mr. Tom," as Willy calls him, resents having to take this boy in initially, but grows to care for him and about him in a very real way. I don't wish to spoil the story for anyone, so suffice to say there are happy times, sad times, and tragedy in this story, but it all ends well.
This is an excellent story to read, watch, or listen to for any family with children (or without.) It will open the eyes of those who did not live during this time, or those who lived a sheltered existence from the events surrounding this tale.
A definite "must experience."