Field of Vision evokes a still semi-rural England residing either side of the Second World War. As TV and radio grow in popularity, Kenneth Allsop observes and reports on the changing landscape with a critical naturalist's eye. Felled, at 23, by a long dormant tubercular condition, Allsop still ventures across the globe as a journalist, striving against both nerve and concrete encroachments.
Fired, from boyhood, by the books of Henry ('Tarka the Otter') Williamson, Allsop begins an admiring but fractious friendship with the ageing, eccentric author. Passing time leaves Williamson increasingly alone as Allsop's life experiences root him, necessarily, in the present, with a foreboding eye on the future.
Field of Vision examines how new urban issues conflicted with the rural, affecting and informing one journalist's life.