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The ultimate nostalgia trip through everything edible in 1960s Britain.


(as S J Clarkson)


, (memoir)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
... Young Nigel Slater
... Mum
Colin Prockter ... Percy Salt
... Dad
... Josh
Frasier Huckle ... Warrel
Kia Pegg ... Milk Girl
Rielly Newbold ... Leonard
Roger Walker ... Gardener
... Fishmonger
... Primary School Teacher
... Mrs. Potter
... Ruby
... Nigel Slater
Louise Mardenborough ... Rachel


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. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The story of a boy's hunger.


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30 December 2010 (UK)  »

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Did You Know?


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 »


When Nigel plays the 7 inch single towards the end of the drama, he pulls out a record with a 'Harvest' label. Dusty Springfield was never on this label. See more »


Mrs. Potter: I brought you a cup of tea, nice with a cake.
Nigel Slater: I don't want to, I don't have to have it. I don't want you in my life anymore!
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Crazy Credits

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 »


Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 13 December 2010 (2010) See more »


I Only Want To Be With You
Music by Mike Hawker (uncredited) and lyrics by Ivor Raymonde (uncredited)
Performed by Chris Egan
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24 November 2011 | by See all my reviews

A very fine little movie. And a good exhibition for the actors, who have plenty to work with here. Helena Bonham Carter has a lot of fun and she is cast perfectly. The young actor is really good too. And while I am not always fond of the "based on ...", this feels rather like a movie then say a biopic.

It is light and has a lot of comedy to it, so it is not heavy drama. On the other hand, I don't think it is good for any recipes. I certainly don't remember anything much from that part of the movie. But you know it is called Toast for a reason, of course. A very nice and decent little movie, that is worth your time :o)

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