Wolverhampton,1967: nine year old Nigel Slater loves his mother though she is a hopeless cook, her finest offering being toast whilst he has great culinary aspirations. When she dies of asthma Nigel is left with a distant father but worse is to come when the 'common' Mrs. Joan Potter arrives as the Slaters' cleaner. Nigel fears, rightly, that her aim is to be the next Mrs. Slater and soon he has a new stepmother and is whisked away to the country. Joan is, however, a superb cook but this only makes for rivalry as Nigel, the only boy in his cookery class at secondary school, competes with her to find the way to his father's heart. A weekend job in a pub kitchen introduces Nigel to an older boy, another great cook and gay like himself, who gives him the confidence and inspiration to leave home after his father's death and head for the hotel kitchens of London.
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The story of a boy's hunger.
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The UK audience for the BBC1 transmission of Toast on December 30, 2010 averaged 6.2 million viewers, a 25.3% share, with another 10,000 viewers watching a later showing on the BBC HD channel. See more
In the opening scene, Nigel states that his mother had an aversion to fresh vegetables and that he has "never had a vegetable that didn't come in a tin," but in the picnic scene at the beach the family clearly has fresh butter lettuce leaves and half a tomato in their lunch, and they have vegetables planted in their garden in the back yard. See more
I brought you a cup of tea, nice with a cake.
I don't want to, I don't have to have it. I don't want you in my life anymore!
The opening credits in the grocery store consist of the names of the writers, producer and lead actors printed on actual products, the title, and the director's name shown on a scale. See more
Little By Little
Written by Buddy Kaye
(uncredited), Bea Verdi (uncredited) and Eddie Gin (uncredited)
Performed by Dusty Springfield See more