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Release Date:
26 December 2003 (UK) See more »
Alfred Salteena is a slightly bumbling gentleman who meets a young lady on a train and invites her to his home in London... See more » | Add synopsis »
1 win & 3 nominations See more »
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  (in credits order)

Jim Broadbent ... Alfred Salteena

Hugh Laurie ... Lord Bernard Clark

Lyndsey Marshal ... Ethel Monticue

Bill Nighy ... Earl of Clincham

Geoffrey Palmer ... Minnit

Simon Russell Beale ... Prince of Wales

Adam Godley ... Procurio

Sophie Thompson ... Bessie Topp

Sally Hawkins ... Rosalind

Richenda Carey ... Lady Gay Finchling

Anne Reid ... Mrs. Monticue

Tom Burke ... Horace
Richard Beale ... Middle Aged Man
James Warrior ... Station Master

Guy Henry ... Mr. Domonic
Gaye Brown ... Manageress
Roger Frost ... Porter
Shaughan Seymour ... Lifeguard
Patrick Barlow ... Archbishop
Janine Duvitski ... Queen Victoria
Anabel Barnston ... Daisy Ashford
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Alan Bennett ... Narrator (voice)

Darren Jacobs ... Dream Man

Directed by
David Yates 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Daisy Ashford  story
Patrick Barlow  screenplay

Produced by
Jim Broadbent .... executive producer
Christopher Hall .... producer
Pippa Harris .... executive producer
Laura Mackie .... executive producer
Original Music by
Nicholas Hooper 
Cinematography by
Chris Seager 
Film Editing by
Mark Day 
Casting by
Janey Fothergill 
Production Design by
Malcolm Thornton 
Art Direction by
Leigh Walker 
Costume Design by
Charlotte Holdich 
Makeup Department
Caroline Noble .... hair designer
Caroline Noble .... makeup designer
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Ed Evennett .... second assistant director
Cherry Gould .... first assistant director
Ben Harrison .... third assistant director
Art Department
Suzie Davies .... stand-by art director
Sui Rajakaruna .... assistant art director
Kevin Scarrott .... stand-by props
Tony Statham .... signage
Malcolm Thornton .... designer
Kem White .... assistant prop buyer
Sound Department
Pat Boxshall .... sound editor
John Casali .... boom operator
Colin Cooper .... foley mixer
Clive Copland .... sound recordist
Stuart Hilliker .... dubbing mixer
Jamie McPhee .... sound editor
Special Effects by
Casper Lailey .... special effects technician
Scott Peters .... special effects technician
Ed Smith .... special effects supervisor
Visual Effects by
Alan Church .... visual effects producer
Simon Giles .... visual effects supervisor
Steve Griffin .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Ellingworth .... key grip
Brandon Evans .... gaffer
Duncan Fowlie .... assistant camera
Jeremy Hiles .... camera operator
Tom McFarling .... second assistant camera
Casting Department
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Elena D'Cruze-Reynolds .... costume assistant
Anna Sandler .... costume assistant
Michelle Wickland .... wardrobe assistant
Editorial Department
Justin Eely .... on-line editor
Natasha Wilkinson .... assistant editor
Music Department
Daryl Griffith .... orchestrator
Steve Parr .... music mixer
Steve Parr .... music recordist
Transportation Department
Richard Watkins .... facilities captain
Ian Yea .... facilities driver
Other crew
Carrie-Anne Brackstone .... assistant to producer
Sarah Brown .... script executive
Paula Casarin .... script supervisor
Lara Davis .... production assistant
Deborah Morgan .... production coordinator (as Deborah Hubbard)
Patricia Scanlon .... production secretary
Denis Wray .... assistant production accountant

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UK:90 min
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Did You Know?

The source novel incorporated a lot of Ashford's mis-spellings, and the film does this also - in the title, and in some of the signs which can be seen in the palace scenes (e.g. 'Prince of Whales').See more »
Anachronisms: At the public function Ethel very much wants to go to meet Earls, Lords and Ladies, there is a woman who sings the Australian Kookaburra song. The song was written in 1932. This movie takes place in Victorian England.See more »
Lord Bernard Clark:Oh, tell me you love me also, Ethel!
Ethel Monticue:I do love you also, Bernard. I love you madly. I love you with passion. You are to me like a heathen god, with your manly form and your handsome, flashing face.
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Movie Connections:
Remake of The Young Visiters (1984)See more »


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20 out of 20 people found the following review useful.
Don't forget the original author!, 20 February 2004
Author: peteduerden from Surrey, England

Naming the original author of this work has been omitted, which is a shame because it makes the viewers understanding of the story all the more relevant.

"The Young Visitors: Or, Mr. Salteena's Plan" was written by nine-year-old Daisy Ashford in 1890 (yes, 1890!) and is an innocent yet inadvertently amusing spoof of Victorian society.

The following is a copy of the book review written by Terry Rose, grandson of Daisy Ashord, as appears on

"My Grandmother, Daisy Ashford never set out to become an author, writing stories was entertainment for her and her sisters. Her writing "career" started at the age of 4 when she dictated The Life of Father McSwiney to her father and ended at the age of 14 with The Hangman's Daughter. Her best novel, The Young Visiters was written in 1890 when she was 9.

That it was published at all is almost as remarkable a story as the book itself. Daisy and her sisters came upon a bundle of notebooks neatly tied and stored whilst clearing their mother's house following her death. They found The Young Visiters so amusing Daisy sent it to a sick friend to cheer her up. She in turn passed it to Frank Swinnerton, a novelist and reader for Chatto and Windus who believed it could be successfully published. What followed would these days be thought of as clever marketing but in fact was quite unintentional back in 1919 when the book was first published. JM Barrie agreed to write the preface and an amazed public, unable to accept that a 9 year old could have possibly written it assumed that Dsiy did not exist and that Barrie was the author. This resulted in huge amounts of publicity on both sides of the Atlantic and The Young Visiters immediately became a bestseller. Daisy, always shy and modest had to take to giving readings in London to dispell the myth that Barrie was the author. The Young Visiters has remained in print (Daisy's other stories have been published over the years but none has been as popular) and become widely loved. Other reviewers here have written better than I could about the charm of the little book. The BBC have just made it into a wonderful film, with Patrick Barlow's screenplay capturing the magic of Daisy's writing. We visited the set whilst they were filming at St Paul's Cathedral, the cast were captivated by the book. I think everyone will be."

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