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Rainy Day Women 

In 1940, during World War II, an officer is sent to investigate rumors of German spies in a sleepy village where various people are the victims of war hysteria.


Ben Bolt


David Pirie


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Dance ... Captain John Truman
Cyril Cusack ... Mr. Reed
Suzanne Bertish ... Alice Durkow
Lindsay Duncan ... Karen Miller
Joanna Foster Joanna Foster ... Joan
Gwyneth Strong ... Linda
Sally Baxter Sally Baxter ... Susan
Ian Hogg ... Dennis Ibbetson
Anthony Langdon ... Joe Hutton
Anna Mottram Anna Mottram ... Gayle Hutton
Bert Parnaby Bert Parnaby ... Fleming
Gorden Kaye ... Vicar
John Joyce John Joyce ... Charlie Muir
Tony Pitts ... Roy Bates
David Hatton ... Ian Street


A film about the cruelty of war. Charles Dance plays an officer who is sent out to investigate a rumour about German spies during the chaotic days of 1940. At the same time three land girls are arriving at a sleepy little village. These three together with a German refugee family and the local doctor falls victims to war hysteria and is killed by a local mob - while Charles Dance is trying to rescue them. Written by Robert Paladin

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Comedy | Drama







Release Date:

10 April 1984 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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This episode takes place in 1940. See more »

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Independent minded drama?
29 November 2004 | by rodneymatteySee all my reviews

Nearly twenty years have gone since I saw this drama; as I remember it, a feud had developed between a group of men and a group of land girls, with the Charles Dance character acting as a sort of arbiter between them. It seemed to be A sort of 'misogynism verses bite the hand that feeds you' conflict leading to A destructive conclusion; I remember enjoying it greatly at the time, and would like to see it again. It reminded me in a strange sort of way of an American t.v. drama,'The dark secret of harvest home' with Bette Davis in the leading role as A Mother Earth sort of figure! Long live independent productions! Rod Mattey. UK.

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