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The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.

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Percy Salt
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Josh
Frasier Huckle ...
Warrel
Kia Pegg ...
Milk Girl
Rielly Newbold ...
Leonard
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Louise Mardenborough ...
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Wolverhampton,1967: nine year old Nigel Slater loves his mother though she is a hopeless cook, her finest offering being toast whilst he has great culinary aspirations. When she dies of asthma Nigel is left with a distant father but worse is to come when the 'common' Mrs. Joan Potter arrives as the Slaters' cleaner. Nigel fears, rightly, that her aim is to be the next Mrs. Slater and soon he has a new stepmother and is whisked away to the country. Joan is, however, a superb cook but this only makes for rivalry as Nigel, the only boy in his cookery class at secondary school, competes with her to find the way to his father's heart. A weekend job in a pub kitchen introduces Nigel to an older boy, another great cook and gay like himself, who gives him the confidence and inspiration to leave home after his father's death and head for the hotel kitchens of London. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The story of a boy's hunger.


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30 December 2010 (UK)  »

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The film is an adaptation of the autobiography of food writer Nigel Slater. The central character is given that name. In the final scene, when Freddy Highmore is given a job in the kitchens of the Savoy hotel, the person who hires him is played by the real life Nigel Slater. See more »

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When Nigel plays the 7 inch single towards the end of the drama, he pulls out a record with a 'Harvest' label. Dusty Springfield was never on this label. See more »

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Mrs. Potter: I brought you a cup of tea, nice with a cake.
Nigel Slater: I don't want to, I don't have to have it. I don't want you in my life anymore!
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The opening credits in the grocery store consist of the names of the writers, producer and lead actors printed on actual products, the title, and the director's name shown on a scale. See more »

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Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 13 December 2010 (2010) See more »

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The Look Of Love
Written by Burt Bacharach (uncredited) and Hal David (uncredited)
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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Avoidable
16 October 2011 | by See all my reviews

An utterly tedious watch, I saw this at the film festival here in Mumbai. There is no sense of progression or screenplay, no genuine engagement in characters, and actually it's very fertile material for all these things.

That it was a true story only came to me when the film ended and I saw the final card with Nigel Slater's picture. But, an interesting life doesn't make for a great film (or even a good one), if the story is not well-told.

The genre 'TV Movie' is right for this film, and that is where it should remain. It works at episodes strung together, watched at comfortable intervals. It's not 'appetising' film viewing.


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