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Housewife, 49 (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 10 December 2006
In the late 1930s Nella Last, a housewife aged 49, living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project, a ... See full summary »


Gavin Millar


Victoria Wood, Nella Last (diaries)
3 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Victoria Wood ... Nella Last
David Threlfall ... Daddy (Will Last)
Christopher Harper ... Cliff Last
Ben Crompton ... Arthur Last
Lorraine Ashbourne ... Dot
Sally Bankes ... Mrs Whittaker
Stephanie Cole ... Mrs Waite
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Mrs Lord
Sylvestra Le Touzel ... Mrs Lynch
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ... Miss Finch
Jane Lowe Jane Lowe ... Mrs Higham
Dorothy Atkinson ... Mrs Mac
Sian Brooke ... Evelyn Edwards (as Siân Brooke)
Laura Power Laura Power ... Madeleine Whittaker
Jason Watkins ... Dr Roger Brierley


In the late 1930s Nella Last, a housewife aged 49, living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project, a non-governmental scheme designed to chronicle the lives of ordinary people. When war comes Nella defies her over-protective husband to join the local Women's Voluntary Service. Initially diffident she blossoms thanks to the dominant but kindly Mrs. Waite, and enjoys her independence as a useful war worker. The film also shows her relationship with her two sons as well as the effect of the war on the community and ends by explaining that Nella kept in touch with the Mass Observation project until her death in 1968.

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


In wartime, an ordinary woman finds new courage.


Drama | War


Not Rated

Did You Know?


Wood later remembered her previous work with Roger Brierley and in Housewife, 49 (2006), she named a character after him. The character was played by Jason Watkins. See more »


The second time Nella Last gets off the bus at the Town Hall, the Forum 28 Theatre is visible on the top window of the bus. That is where Forum is situated, but it was not built until between the 60's and 70's. See more »


Nella Last: [voiceover] ... There is, of course, my sister-in-law's rather peculiar whirlwind engagement.
Dot: Still can't believe it. Went to the Isle of Man - got myself a man!
Mrs Whittaker: Good job you didn't go to the Isle of Dogs!
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Referenced in Dear Diary: Episode #1.3 (2010) See more »


The First Noël
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Heart-warming wartime drama
11 December 2006 | by JackanackanorySee all my reviews

Although I am not a fan of Victoria Wood as comedienne (I just never understood her comedy and therefore never found her funny) I was intrigued by the concept of this drama so I watched it.

I am glad I did, as it was a very well written drama that looks into life in the perspective of a mother Nella Last who sees her life change around her, more often than not in the way peoples attitudes are and also throughout the war realises she doesn't know those close to her including her family as well as she thinks she does, this in turn makes her look at her own lifestyle and realises she must change in some aspects too.

Although I may not be a fan of Victoria Wood in her primary guise, (as a comedienne), as an actress she has proved in this drama she is a first-rate actress and considering she wrote this drama, a decent writer too.

On the whole a nice heart-warming wartime family drama.

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Release Date:

10 December 2006 (UK) See more »

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Casnica See more »


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GBP1,600,000 (estimated)
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