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Housewife, 49

All Episodes 2006

  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 2006-10-11T20:00:00-04:00
  • 95 mins
  • 1 hour, 35 mins
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama
Bafta-winning drama based on a true story, written by and starring Victoria Wood. Downtrodden wife and mother Nella's life takes an unexpected turn for the better after she joins the Women's Voluntary Service office in Barrow-in-Furness during the Second World War. However, her new-found happiness is shattered when her son Cliff leaves to join the troops - provoking a painful confrontation with husband Will. David Threlfall and Stephanie Cole co-star.

1 episode

1x01 Housewife, 49

  • Series Premiere

    2006-10-11T19:00:00-04:00 — 95 mins

In the late 1930s Nella Last,a housewife aged 49,living in Barrow-in-Furness on the North West English coast,agrees to send details of her routine to the Mass observation project,a non-governmental scheme designed to chronicle the lives of ordinary people. When war comes Nella defies her over-protective husband to join the local Women's Voluntary Service. Initially diffident she blossoms thanks to the dominant but kindly Mrs. Waite,and enjoys her independence as a useful war worker. The film also shows her relationship with her two sons as well as the effect of the war on the community and ends by explaining that Nella kept in touch with the Mass Observation project until her death in 1968.