Musical set in 1969, with flashbacks to 1929. A middle-aged couple find love after meeting on a TV programme about a choir they both sang in as children.

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Director: Gavin Millar
Stars: Victoria Wood, David Threlfall, Christopher Harper
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Tubby
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Enid
Christopher Jordan ...
Gavin
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Frank
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Dorothy
Leslie Hattersley ...
Presenter
Harvey Chaisty ...
Jimmy
Jessica Casby ...
Young Enid
Sam Burles ...
Hewitt
Tracy Gabbitas ...
Evelyn
Carl Sanderson ...
Bus Conductor
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Mr Kirkby
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Gertrude Riall
Michael Strobel ...
Mr Chandler
Nathan Rowley ...
Killelea
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In 1969 insurance salesman Jimmy 'Tubby' Baker and secretary Enid are among those meeting for a televised reunion at the Manchester Free Trade hall, where, thirty years earlier as school children they were part of the choir who made a record of 'Nymphs and Shepherds, Come Away.' Tubby and Enid are drawn together in reaction against the snobbish organizer Frank and his wife who try to impress them by taking them to the Berni inn and Tubby wants to date Enid but she is having an affair with her married boss in the belief that he will leave his wife for her. Tubby recalls how, as young Jimmy, his widowed mother was disapproving of his singing in the choir and it was down to the Bible-quoting Great War veteran, crippled Mr Kirkby, assistant to choir mistress Gertrude Riall, that he was able to take part. Now he believes he should take a leaf out of his determined younger self's book and be bold, convincing Enid that her lover will never leave his wife and that they are made for each other... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Was originally written as a stage play. Victoria Wood (who wrote it) helped adapt it for tv. See more »

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Featured in The One Show: Episode dated 17 December 2014 (2014) See more »

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Song of the north
26 December 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

That Day We Sang was originally devised as stage play for the Manchester International Festival. Victoria Wood has adapted her play for the small screen as writer and director.

The film is set in Manchester in 1969. Imelda Staunton plays Enid, a secretary who is having an affair with her boss. Michael Ball is Tubby, an insurance salesman. Deep down they are two lonely middle aged people who once sang in a children's choir forty years earlier and have reunited for a Granada television special.

The film is peppered with songs, a few undoubtedly containing Victoria Wood's witticisms. There is even a Busby Berkeley type musical song and dance number.

It is deep down a schmaltzy love story, it just felt dull and the songs boring. Victoria Wood fans will lap it up, but despite the charms of the two leads this play never took off as far as I am concerned. Its not well written, not enough about the 1929 storyline, people obsessed about weight and Enid only realises at the end who Tubby is that looked shoddy. I think there is also the problem with Wood's directing. She should not had directed this for television and left it to someone more experienced.


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