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Cathy Come Home 

Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system.

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Reg
Winifred Dennis ...
Mrs. Ward
Wally Patch ...
Grandad
Adrienne Frame ...
Eileen
Emmett Hennessy ...
Johnny
Alec Coleman ...
Wedding Guest
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Property Agent
Gabrielle Hamilton ...
Welfare Officer
Phyllis Hickson ...
Mrs. Alley
Frank Veasey ...
Mr. Hodge
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Rent Collector
James Benton ...
Man at Eviction
Ruth Kettlewell ...
Judge
John Baddeley ...
Housing Officer
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Cathy loses her home, husband and eventually her child through the inflexibility of the British welfare system. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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28 March 1969 (USA)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Cathy's two sons, Sean and Steve, are played by Carol White's real life sons of the same names from her marriage to Mike King of The King Brothers. See more »

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Cathy Ward: You don't care. You only pretend to care.
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Featured in Versus: The Life and Films of Ken Loach (2016) See more »

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Heart-wrenching stuff
23 August 2005 | by See all my reviews

Firstly can I please put the record straight - this is NOT a movie, but a TV drama made by the BBC in 1966.

Carol White plays "Cathy", the mother, Ray Brooks the father. Through circumstances they find themselves destitute with nowhere to live.

Carol White's performance was absolutely without parallel, and I defy anyone who is a parent, to remain dry-eyed when the Social Welfare people find her seated on a bench with her children in a London railway station. The children are wrenched out of their mother's arms, the children screaming for their mother, and "Cathy" hysterical with emotion, trying to prevent their removal. How could we ever have lived with such a barbaric system? This drama served as a landmark in Social Services methods within the UK, and Carol White's superb portrayal will forever be regarded as instrumental in bringing about change.

I would like to be able to report that such things no longer happen in the UK, but I cannot. Perhaps in not such a heart-wrenching way, children are still removed from their families on the pretext of "child welfare" priorities. Priorities that are distorted by the setting of Government adoption targets - so just who is helping who here?

This is not family viewing, but is an important historical account of a time that none of us should be proud.


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