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Housewife, 49 (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 10 December 2006
In the late 1930s Nella Last, a housewife aged 49, living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a ... See full summary »

Director:

Gavin Millar

Writers:

Victoria Wood, Nella Last (diaries)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Wood ... Nella Last
David Threlfall ... Daddy (Will Last)
Christopher Harper ... Cliff Last
Ben Crompton ... Arthur Last
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Dot
Sally Bankes ... Mrs Whittaker
Stephanie Cole ... Mrs Waite
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Mrs Lord
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Mrs Lynch
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Miss Finch
Jane Lowe Jane Lowe ... Mrs Higham
Dorothy Atkinson ... Mrs Mac
Sian Brooke ... Evelyn Edwards (as Siân Brooke)
Laura Power Laura Power ... Madeleine Whittaker
Jason Watkins ... Dr Roger Brierley
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Storyline

In the late 1930s Nella Last, a housewife aged 49, living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a non-governmental scheme designed to chronicle the lives of ordinary people. When war comes Nella defies her over-protective husband to join the local Women's Voluntary Service. Initially diffident she blossoms thanks to the dominant but kindly Mrs. Waite, and enjoys her independence as a useful war worker. The film also shows her relationship with her two sons as well as the effect of the war on the community and ends by explaining that Nella kept in touch with the Mass Observation project until her death in 1968. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

In wartime, an ordinary woman finds new courage.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Casnica See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

GBP1,600,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Runtime:

Color:

Color
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Trivia

Wood later remembered her previous work with Roger Brierley and in Housewife, 49 (2006), she named a character after him. The character was played by Jason Watkins. See more »

Goofs

In the film, there is an air raid on the 8th May 1941, and on the morning of 9th May, we are informed that Ilkley Road and Hawcoat Lane both had been bombed, however this is inaccurate, as there is no record of Ilkley Road being bombed during WWII, and Hawcoat Lane was not bombed on the night of the 8th/9th May 1941. See more »

Quotes

Nella Last: [voiceover] ... There is, of course, my sister-in-law's rather peculiar whirlwind engagement.
Dot: Still can't believe it. Went to the Isle of Man - got myself a man!
Mrs Whittaker: Good job you didn't go to the Isle of Dogs!
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The First Noël
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A Treasure
31 December 2006 | by drew-121See all my reviews

As a long time fan of Ms Wood, I was very happy to watch this sojourn into the drama world. The writing contained her usual naturalistic flow, the evocation of 1940's Barrow was superb and the journey portrayed by Ms Wood as Ella was totally believable.

The subtle way in which she dealt with such issues as those raised by her son Cliff was heartening and again true of the period. Her grasp of the historical perspective, the way families lived and coped with the war was so very true and at the end of the film I was left with a sense of having witnessed real life not a drama.

Great acting from David Threlfall and Stephanie Cole.

The best thing on TV over Christmas by far!


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