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

Director:

S.J. Clarkson (as S J Clarkson)

Writers:

Lee Hall, Nigel Slater (memoir)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Oscar Kennedy ... Young Nigel Slater
Victoria Hamilton ... Mum
Colin Prockter Colin Prockter ... Percy Salt
Ken Stott ... Dad
Matthew McNulty ... Josh
Frasier Huckle Frasier Huckle ... Warrel
Kia Pegg Kia Pegg ... Milk Girl
Rielly Newbold Rielly Newbold ... Leonard
Roger Walker Roger Walker ... Gardener
Rob Jarvis ... Fishmonger
Amy Marston ... Primary School Teacher
Helena Bonham Carter ... Mrs. Potter
Selina Cadell ... Ruby
Freddie Highmore ... Nigel Slater
Louise Mardenborough Louise Mardenborough ... Rachel
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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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English

Release Date:

30 December 2010 (UK) See more »

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Mesterkokken See more »

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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

This is the third time Helena Bonham Carter and Freddie Highmore play mother and son. Their first time was in Women Talking Dirty (1999), the second, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005). See more »

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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 »

Quotes

Nigel Slater: It is impossible not to love someone who makes toast for you.
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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 »

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

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Little By Little
Written by Buddy Kaye (uncredited), Bea Verdi (uncredited) and Eddie Gin (uncredited)
Performed by Dusty Springfield
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Warm, tender, evocative, multi-layered and wonderfully acted
6 January 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

To be perfectly honest, I wasn't expecting something this good when I tuned in to watch Toast. While it doesn't quite make my favourite dramas of all-time list, it is for me one of the better programmes airing over the Christmas season. Is Toast sentimental? Yes, in a way I suppose it is. But it is also warm, gentle and tender, not to mention evocative and multi-layered. Toast looks wonderful certainly, as the production values and period detail are really quite pleasing. The photography is very skillful, while the scenery and costumes are beautiful. In general, I did like the music. It did occasionally get a tad over-bearing, but in its more subdued moments it was quite charming and quaint, very like the drama itself. The script is always touching, honest and funny, while the story is engaging throughout and the pacing and direction are also spot-on. The acting is perfect across the board. Oscar Kennedy is wonderful as young Nigel Slater, and while Freddie Highmore as his teenage self is good Kennedy was better. Ken Stott is also winning as his father, and Victoria Hamilton is very touching. Helena Bonham Carter also gives one of her better performances of late. All in all, this is a very absorbing and beautifully done drama. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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