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The Night Watch (2011)

TV-14 | | Drama, Romance, War | TV Movie 12 July 2011
In post-war London, Viv Pearce is dating Reggie and runs a dating bureau with Helen Giniver, who lives with her older lover, authoress Julia Standing. Viv's younger brother Duncan, a gay ... See full summary »

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Richard Laxton

Writers:

Sarah Waters (novel), Paula Milne (screenplay)
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jenna Augen Jenna Augen ... Iris Knight
Neal Barry ... Mr. Bryant
Claudie Blakley ... Nancy Carmichael
Lucy Briers Lucy Briers ... Binkie
Richard Cambridge ... Policeman
Kenneth Cranham ... Horace Mundy
Chas Early Chas Early ... Prisoner #1
JJ Feild ... Robert Fraser
Claire Foy ... Helen Giniver
Liam Garrigan ... Reggie Nigri
Richard Huw Richard Huw ... James Imrie
Caitlin Innes Edwards ... O'Neil
Phill Langhorne ... Cyclist (as Phillip Langhorne)
Colin Mace ... Harry Hughes
Stephen Matthews ... Auntie Vi
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In post-war London, Viv Pearce is dating Reggie and runs a dating bureau with Helen Giniver, who lives with her older lover, authoress Julia Standing. Viv's younger brother Duncan, a gay man made to feel ashamed of his orientation, has been in prison and is sought out by his ex-cell-mate, Robert Fraser, who served time as a conscientious objector and is now concerned for the young man's welfare. Viv encounters Kay Langrish, a wealthy, reclusive, butch lesbian and for both women this evokes memories of the period three years earlier (1944) when Kay was an heroic ambulance driver in a happy, loving relationship with Helen -- before Kay introduced her to her ex-lover Julia. At that time, Viv and Reggie are forced to procure the services of a dentist moonlighting as an abortionist. About to die from blood loss, and having been abandoned by Reggie, Kay saves her from prosecution by claiming she was a married woman who had miscarried. Three years before that (1941) Kay and Julia are still ... Written by don @ minifie-1; kumarihpx

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Kay Langrish: [voiceover] If you go to the cinema, midway through a film, you watch the second half first, don't you? So you see how the characters end up, in the story. What happened to turn them into the people they became? It's like a riddle you have to solve.
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good version of OK novel
14 July 2011 | by jane_concannonSee all my reviews

This is a feature-length adaptation of Sarah Water's book of the same name.

I first came across Sarah Water's writing when I watch Tipping The Velvet on TV. I enjoyed the series so much that I then read the book, which was a great read. (I thoroughly recommend you read the book and watch the series - I don't think the order matters).

I guess the reason that I wasn't bowled over by this drama stems from the fact that I am not a fan of the book. I read it a few months ago, and whilst I enjoyed it, it was nowhere near as good as Tipping The Velvet. I think the problem being that whilst it has interesting characters, the story just wasn't strong enough and it just seemed to pootle along without much direction.

Saying that though, I would still recommend that you watch this drama as it is very atmospheric and the acting is on the whole good, especially the wonderful Anna Maxwell Martin, who is always very watchable, as is Clare Foy.


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12 July 2011 (UK) See more »

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