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Home Front drama on DVD

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Adapted by screenwriter Jack Rosenthal (Coronation Street) from C. F. Taylor’s play of the same name, And a Nightingale Sang is a bittersweet, sharply observant and humorous portrait of working-class family life on the British Home Front during World War II. 

Despite air raid sirens, gas masks, ration books and whistling bombs punctuating their everyday lives, the Stott family remain stoic as they focus on keeping life as normal as possible. Helen Stott is the family’s sensible 30-year-old daughter: a kindly yet self-deprecating girl who walks with a limp, whose life so far has not been very kind to her. Surprised to find love during the chaos of war, she falls for gentle soldier Norman. However, the course of true love runs less than smoothly.

The film, originally shown on TV in 1989, stars Phyllis Logan (Downton Abbey) as the pitiful Helen Stott, and Tom Watt (Eastenders) as the soldier who steals her heart.

Interestingly for militaria collectors, the DVD also features fascinating extras in the form of three wartime public information films, giving insight into the unrivalled efforts on the British Home Front, from the Imperial War Museum:  They Keep the Wheels Turning (1942), Britannia is a Woman (1940) and The New Britain (1940). And a Nightingale Sang has an RRP of £12.99, but typically costs £7.99 from usual the online outlets.

 

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