Edwardian child Enid Blyton begins to tell stories to her brothers as an escape from their parents' rows before the father deserts the family. Whilst training as a teacher after the Great ... See full summary »
Helena Bonham Carter,
This movie is of Hally, an adolescent white South African. He is stuck between his intolerant father's outlook of him and those of his caretaker, Sam. Sam is a black waiter and Hally's ... See full summary »
George, a lonely and fatalistic teen who has made it all the way to his senior year without ever having done a real day of work, is befriended by Sally, a popular but complicated girl who recognizes in him a kindred spirit.
The food writer embarks upon a Middle Eastern culinary adventure to explore some of the oldest and grandest cuisines in the world. Some of these foods have spread around the world but Nigel learns what ordinary people cook and eat.
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
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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 »
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 »
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!
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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 »
An utterly tedious watch, I saw this at the film festival here in Mumbai. There is no sense of progression or screenplay, no genuine engagement in characters, and actually it's very fertile material for all these things.
That it was a true story only came to me when the film ended and I saw the final card with Nigel Slater's picture. But, an interesting life doesn't make for a great film (or even a good one), if the story is not well-told.
The genre 'TV Movie' is right for this film, and that is where it should remain. It works at episodes strung together, watched at comfortable intervals. It's not 'appetising' film viewing.
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