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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 »

Director:

Gavin Millar

Writers:

Victoria Wood, Nella Last (diaries)
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Cast

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
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Storyline

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. Written by Anonymous

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Taglines:

In wartime, an ordinary woman finds new courage.

Genres:

Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 December 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Casnica See more »

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Budget:

£1,600,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
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Color:

Color
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Trivia

Was cited as a crucial moment in Victoria Wood's career, as prior to this one-off, Wood was predominantly associated with her comedy work. Housewife, 49 saw her take on a serious role, showcasing her skills as a versatile actress. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[on VJ Night, Nella is standing at the living-room window watching the victory fireworks]
Nella Last: Must have come through on the last news at quarter to twelve. Come and see! There's huge rockets going up from the ships in the dock. Come and see!
Daddy - Will Last: [miserably] They woke me up.
Nella Last: So that's peace, then.
Daddy - Will Last: Well, it's not *my* idea of peace, this damn racket. Hope it's not going to go on all night.
Nella Last: Shall we go out? Have a see, have a drive around?
Daddy - Will Last: I can see drunken fools any time. I'm back to my bed. Will *you* go?
Nella Last:
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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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