From the BBC's influential 'Wednesday Play' series. This tells the bleak tale of Cathy, who loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system. A grim picture is painted of mid-sixties London, and though realistic the viewer cannot but realise that a political point is being made. One of the consequences of this film was the enormous public support for the housing charity 'Shelter', whose public launch came shortly after the programme was first shown. Written by
Did You Know?
At an anniversary screening of 'Cathy Come Home', Ken Loach
spoke of how the play had become an important part in making the debate on homelessness public. At the same event his producer, Tony Garnett
, pointed out that the number of homeless in Britain had more than doubled "but Ken (Loach) and I now live in much more expensive houses." See more
Referenced in Forever Ealing