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Housewife, 49 (2006)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  10 December 2006 (UK)
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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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Wood ...
Nella Last
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Daddy (Will Last)
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Cliff Last
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Arthur Last
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Dot
Sally Bankes ...
Mrs Whittaker
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Mrs Waite
Marcia Warren ...
Mrs Lord
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Mrs Lynch
Wendy Nottingham ...
Miss Finch
Jane Lowe ...
Mrs Higham
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Mrs Mac
Sian Brooke ...
Evelyn Edwards (as Siân Brooke)
Laura Power ...
Madeleine Whittaker
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Dr Roger Brierley
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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 don @ minifie-1

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The second time Nella Last gets off the bus at the Town Hall, the Forum 28 Theatre is visible on the top window of the bus. That is where Forum is situated, but it was not built until between the 60's and 70's. See more »

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Cliff Last: What do prodigal sons get these days? Fatted spam?
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Superb acting
18 March 2008 | by (Santa Susana, Portugal) – See all my reviews

Nella Last's story deserved to be told even if in adapted guise long since. My greatest praise goes to Victoria Wood. As a comedian I always understood and was revived by her humour, wit and writing. But as a "so called serious actress" I was totally blown away by her performance in this. Far more so than in the delightful "Pat and Margaret". Stephanie Cole is up to her standard of excellency on this one, too and then some. The period art direction is almost flwaless. For a non-Britain it actually feels flawless...

Also: I simply adore the NOT-Hollywoodesque-nonsense ending.

Definitely 10 out of 10 for this one


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