“THERE are lots of twists and turns that made me laugh. “And a couple of things made me […]
“IT’S letting your dreams literally come true. Which is rather beautiful.
“Ordinary people being extraordinary.”
Imelda Staunton talking about the truly glorious That Day We Sang, written and directed by Victoria Wood.
A TV musical drama destined to become an instant classic.
Screened on BBC2 at 9pm on Boxing Day – Friday Dec 26.
It stars Imelda as “PA not secretary” Enid and Michael Ball as insurance salesman Tubby, two lonely middle-aged people who grab a second chance of life via the power of music.
These fictional characters meet in 1969 at a reunion of the Manchester Children’s Choir which made the iconic million selling recording of Nymphs and Shepherds with the Halle Orchestra 40 years before.
The film moving between events in the late 1960s and the story of a young Tubby, whose real name is Jimmy Baker, and his difficult home life in 1929.
With Harvey Chaisty as the young Jimmy and the always engaging Daniel Rigby as Mr Kirkby, the war veteran who helps him through.
Victoria Wood is also responsible for writing all of the music – Purcell’s Nymphs and Shepherds aside – in the 90-minute film.
WILL Miss Matty find romance in the second of two new Cranford films?
“She deserves a bit of happiness,” I suggested to Dame Judi Dench – the woman who plays her.
“You reckon,” replied Judi, with that trademark twinkle in her eye.
“Well quite. And about bloody time. Poor old Miss Matty.
“She starts to have a really nice time. Wait ‘til Cranford 3,” she laughed.
HARRY Potter star Imelda Staunton is back in the delicious return of Cranford this Christmas.
Making a valid point about the cast of veteran actresses when we met last month.
“I don’t think we’d have got the parts if we had been Botoxed,” she said.