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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 »


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Victoria Wood, Nella Last (diaries)

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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. Written by Anonymous

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In wartime, an ordinary woman finds new courage.


Drama | War


Not Rated






Release Date:

10 December 2006 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Casnica See more »


Box Office


£1,600,000 (estimated)
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Granada Television See more »
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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 »


In the film, there is an air raid on the 8th May 1941, and on the morning of 9th May, we are informed that Ilkley Road and Hawcoat Lane both had been bombed, however this is inaccurate, as there is no record of Ilkley Road being bombed during WWII, and Hawcoat Lane was not bombed on the night of the 8th/9th May 1941. See more »


Cliff Last: What do prodigal sons get these days? Fatted spam?
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Featured in Victoria Wood Dies Aged 62 After Cancer Battle (2016) See more »


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10 December 2006 | by RobToselandSee all my reviews

They story was brilliant and Victoria Wood's acting, along with the rest of the cast was amazing!. Two minutes in and i was hooked.

If you happen to see it on DVD, buy it, its a very good story.

It tells us the story of Nella Last, as it was taken from the diaries she kept during the war right up until her death.

I really cant explain too much about it, you have to watch it.

Housewife, 49 was a good drama, and i was surprised at how good it was.

It was a story about a housewife during WW2 and it was motivating!

I just saw it tonight on ITV, hopefully they will bring it out on DVD very soon.

Enjoy Watching it


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