Black and white, gay and straight, mothers and daughters, class, and coming of age. Jo is working class, in her teens, living with her drunk and libidinous mother in northern England. When mom marries impulsively, Jo is out on the streets; she and Geoffrey, a gay co worker who's adrift himself, find a room together. Then Jo finds herself pregnant after a one night stand with Jimmy, a Black sailor. Geoffrey takes over the preparations for the baby's birth, and becomes, in effect, the child's father. The three of them seem to have things sorted out when Jo's mother reappears on the scene, assertive and domineering. Which "family" will emerge? Written by
The prize winning comedy-drama of a young girl's passionate love for life!...
Did You Know?
Some of the scenes were filmed in the City of Manchester. The scene by the canal is in Ancoats. In the opening credits Bradford Pit can be seen and there are numerous shots of Bradford Gas Works (the main love scene was filmed there) The number 77 bus was a cross city bus along with the number 57, starting at Pendlebury or Swinton and travelling through Salford and Manchester to Thornley Park (Denton Border) or The Bull's Head at Reddish (Stockport Border). Both services were run jointly by Salford City and Manchester City buses until the mid sixties. See more
During the opening credits bus ride through Manchester the very large building on Portland street overlooking Piccadilly Gardens (now a Thistle hotel) has large letters across the top on each wing identifying it as "Hickson, Lloyd & King Ltd.", but in the shot, the letters are all backwards in a mirror image. See more
I feel like throwing myself in the river.
I shouldn't do that, it's full of rubbish.
The Big Ship Sails
Traditional English children's song
Sung during the opening and closing credits See more