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Bella and the Boys (2004)

13 years after Bella, Martin and Lee were there, the manager of their children's home is retiring and the home being shutdown. As they meet up together at a reunion/retirement celebration ... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Burke ... Lee
Freddie Cunliffe Freddie Cunliffe ... Martin
Billie Piper ... Bella
Emma Aiken Emma Aiken ... Mrs. Rogers
Jane Lapotaire ... Mrs. Rogers
Lenora Crichlow ... Stacy
Fraser Ayres ... Gary
Aml Ameen ... Terry
Matt Canavan Matt Canavan ... Jason
Terri Dumont Terri Dumont ... Kelly
Billy Seymour ... Brian
Rebekah Janes Rebekah Janes ... Emily
Steven Di Meo Steven Di Meo ... Carl
Daniel Hart Daniel Hart ... Tim
Alison Egan Alison Egan ... Lee's mum
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13 years after Bella, Martin and Lee were there, the manager of their children's home is retiring and the home being shutdown. As they meet up together at a reunion/retirement celebration it sparks old memories of their time together at the home. Both Martin and Lee fancy Bella and their relationship are very involved. The reunion brings back memories of their youth as well as truths about what has happened since. Written by bob the moo

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UK

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English

Release Date:

15 February 2004 (UK) See more »

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Great Show, Great Acting
22 July 2005 | by timothy-mullenSee all my reviews

This probably marked the debut of Billie Piper, as a serious actress. Set around children "in care" it follows Bella through adolescence into adulthood. The story is brilliantly written and all the major characters are totally convincing, and manages to avoid a traditional "happy ending", showing life as it really is rather than as some TV producers would like us to believe it is.

Perhaps the only fault is the overly saintly care home manager, but her character is essential to Bella's development and to the denouement.

The programme also features Lenora Crichlow of Channel 4's "Sugar Rush" as another of the residents of Bella's care home.

When British television makes dramas as well-written, well-produced and well-acted as this, it is at its best, and proves that it can still be a world leader in quality drama.

As someone previously involved in the care system, I recommend this to everyone. Not a programme to please Daily Mail readers!


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