MY BOY JACK will be on PBS January 2nd, 2011
Adapted for a play by David Haig in 1997, My Boy Jack is the name of a famous poem by author Rudyard Kipling written for his son John who was lost in World War I.
Wikipedia: As The Great War begins, 17 year old Jack Kipling (Radcliffe), the only son of the famous English writer and poet Rudyard Kipling, declares his intention to join the Royal Navy to fight against the Germans. His father (Haig), who encourages him in his ambition, arranges several appointments for him to enlist in both the army and navy. However, Jack's poor eyesight prevents him from passing the medical examinations, and both he and his father are devastated. However, Rudyard uses his influence with the military establishment to eventually secure Jack an officer's commission as a Second Lieutenant in the Irish Guards regiment. Both Jack's mother Carrie (Cattrall), and sister Elsie (Mulligan), disapprove of this post, as they don't wish for him to be deployed on the front lines.