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


(as S J Clarkson)


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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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Did You Know?


This is the second time Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore play mother and son. Their first time was in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. See more »


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 »


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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Crazy Credits

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 »


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


I'll Try Anything To Get You
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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needs more time with Helena Bonham Carter against Freddie Highmore
15 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Young Nigel Slater loves his mother although the only thing she can cook is toast. She is utterly hopeless in the kitchen and his father (Ken Stott) is dismissive of his son. They drive away his older friend Josh. His mother gets sick and dies. His father hires Mrs. Potter (Helena Bonham Carter) to clean. Nigel dislikes her unrelenting flirtations with his infuriating father but he has to admire her cooking. In his teen years, Nigel (Freddie Highmore) starts to cook as competition heats up against Mrs. Potter.

Nigel Slater is a British celebrity chef. There are some complaints about accuracy but I don't see any value with being accurate about a celebrity chef. The main problem for me is a failure to get to the central conflict of the story quickly enough. Helena Bonham Carter comes in around the midpoint and Freddie Highmore is only there in the last third. To me, that's the best conflict and the most fun part of the movie. His early childhood has some drama but could easily be cut in half. The movie could also give more time for his relationship and some friends in his own age. It also may help to know Nigel Slater as a celebrity.

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