Down 1,512 this week

The Unloved (2009)

TV Movie  |   |  Drama  |  17 May 2009 (UK)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 6.9/10 from 785 users  
Reviews: 17 user | 19 critic

A film that gives a child's eye view of the U.K.'s government-run care system for orphans and children in danger.



(screenplay), (screenplay)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $3.99 on Amazon Video

Celebrate IMDb's 25th Anniversary with Photos We Love

IMDb turns 25 on October 17! To celebrate, we put together a gallery of some of our favorite movie, TV, and event photos from the last 25 years.

See the Photos We Love

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 46 titles
created 17 Dec 2010
a list of 30 titles
created 26 Dec 2010
a list of 25 titles
created 09 Apr 2012
a list of 35 titles
created 02 Sep 2013
a list of 34 titles
created 2 weeks ago

Related Items

Search for "The Unloved" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: The Unloved (TV Movie 2009)

The Unloved (TV Movie 2009) on IMDb 6.9/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Unloved.
2 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Summer (2008)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

While caring for a dying friend, a man reflects back on their youth together.

Director: Kenneth Glenaan
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Steve Evets, Rachael Blake
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

A former Britpop rocker who now works on a farm gets caught driving drunk and faces deportation after living in Los Angeles for many years. His efforts to stay in the U.S. force him to confront the past and current demons in his life.

Director: Marshall Lewy
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Alexia Rasmussen, Kathleen Wilhoite
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Donal is a 14-year old who develops a passion for greyhound racing. He works in a kennel, which is owned by Good Joe. Good Joe promises Donal ownership of Donal's favorite greyhound, The ... See full summary »

Director: Pearse Elliott
Stars: Ken Stott, Tyrone McKenna, Gillian Anderson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

After seeing his ex-girlfriend (Henderson) turn down a nationally televised marriage proposal, a small-time crook (Carlyle) returns to his hometown to try and win back her heart.

Director: Shane Meadows
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Rhys Ifans, Kathy Burke
Face I (1997)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Ray is an aging ex-socialist who has become a bankrobber after seeing the demise of socialism in 1980s Britain. Teaming up with a gang of other has-beenish crims, he commits one bank job ... See full summary »

Director: Antonia Bird
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Ray Winstone, Steve Sweeney
Comedy | Drama | Musical
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

A widowed man's life turns upside down when he embarks on a journey to find a dying man's long lost love.

Director: Randall Miller
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Marisa Tomei, Mary Steenburgen
Adventure | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

The story of Ian Hamilton, a dedicated nationalist who reignited Scottish national pride in the 1950s with his daring raid on the heart of England to bring the Stone of Scone back to Scotland.

Director: Charles Martin Smith
Stars: Charlie Cox, Kate Mara, Stephen McCole
Gunpowder, Treason & Plot (TV Movie 2004)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Mini series depicting the turbulent and bloody reigns of Scottish monarchs Mary, Queen of Scots and her son King James VI of Scotland who became King James I of England and foiled the Gunpowder Plot.

Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Stars: Vulpe Adrian, Carmen Ungureanu, Clémence Poésy
Hamish Macbeth (1995–1997)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Hamish Macbeth is a police constable in the small Scottish town of Lochdubh, who occasionally bends the rules when it suits him or when it can help some of his fellow eccentric townsfolk. ... See full summary »

Stars: Robert Carlyle, Ralph Riach, Brian Pettifer
Neverlake (2013)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

On a trip home to Italy to visit her father, Jenny is thrown into a world of mystery, horror and legend as she is compelled to discover the truth behind all his secrets and lies.

Director: Riccardo Paoletti
Stars: Daisy Keeping, David Brandon, Joy Tanner
No Child of Mine (TV Movie 1997)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Thirteen-year-old Kerry is repeatedly sexually abused by several adults, including at one point her mother. Her father sets her up as a prostitute. Kerry finally calls Childline and is put ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Kosminsky
Stars: Brooke Kinsella, Colin Salmon, Billy Geraghty
Zig Zag Love (TV Movie 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Director: Gillies MacKinnon
Stars: Robert Carlyle, Joe McFadden, Mark Lewis Jones


Cast overview, first billed only:
Molly Windsor ...
Lucy's Father
Lucy's Mother
Craig Parkinson ...
Karl Collins ...
Darren O. Campbell ...
Darren (as Darren Campbell)
Kerry Stacey ...
Ladene Hall ...
Penny Morton ...
Marie Wheeler-King ...
Marie (as Marie Wheeler King)
Christopher Russell ...


Lucy is eleven years old. Having been neglected by her estranged mother and father, she is placed in a children's home. Through her eyes, we follow Lucy's struggle to cope with the system. Her saving is her self-belief and her certainty that she is being watched over and protected by the holy spirit. Hers is a heroic quest for love, beauty and transcendence. Written by Anonymous

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis



Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

17 May 2009 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Dihos agapi  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

, ,  »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs



See  »

Did You Know?


Samantha Morton wished The Unloved to be filmed for television rather than for Cinema. The reason being is that she thought, as in her own childhood experiences with going to the cinema, younger audiences' might not afford the price of a cinema ticket. Thus, younger audiences' would see this production "for free". See more »


[first lines]
Lucy: The Lord is my life and my light and my salvation, whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life, of whom shall I be afraid? When the wicked, even mine enemies and my foes, came upon me to eat of my flesh, they stumbled and fell.
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Makes you angry
18 May 2009 | by (Surrey, England) – See all my reviews

Watched this last night knowing it would stir up all the emotions you can imagine when dealing with the abuse of children and to be honest I was hoping it would be rubbish so I would have the excuse of stopping watching. Well it was powerful stuff, understated drama without being overly dramatic. You wanted to reach out and hug the girl, buy her clean clothes, give her so called carers an earful not for not caring but for not paying attention. If the system is in any part like this, and I'm sure it is, then those in the business should get a wake up call from watching this in learning what not to do. Samantha Morton can be proud of this work as a directorial debut and I am sure it was cathartic based on her childhood as she was in care until 16. Molly Windsor is excellent in the role as the child. Robert Carlyle's is quality as usual

15 of 18 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
So bloody sick... i_gobbed_at_the_queen
Saddes 'real ' life films i've ever seen.. chicxxx
Music during the Party Scenes? smiths-4
Instrumental music in the film? TheSpartan86
Will It Be On U.S. TV? bbuckley
Song at the end?? gay_geisha
Discuss The Unloved (2009) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: