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The Day We Sang




That Day We Sang, the critically acclaimed British television musical written and directed by Victoria Wood and starring BAFTA award-winner and Emmy and Academy award nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Another Year, Shakespeare in Love) and Olivier-Award winner Michael Ball (Hairspray, Sweeney Todd) gets its welcome release on DVD and Digital Download on Monday 30 March 2015.

That Day We Sang is a musical set in Manchester, 1969, telling the story of Tubby (Michael Ball) and Enid (Imelda Staunton), two lonely middle-aged people who grab a second chance at life, reconnected by the power of music. They meet at a reunion of the Manchester Children’s Choir who made the iconic Columbia recording of Nymphs and Shepherds in 1929. Tubby and Enid’s faltering romance is interwoven with the story of Jimmy, a member of the choir whose love of singing transcends his difficult home life. As we go between Tubby and Jimmy, their stories collide, and they must somehow find each other.

Starring alongside Imelda and Michael, are Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, Black Mirror) playing Mr Kirkby, an injured World War One veteran who helps look after the choir and keep them in line. Dorothy Atkinson (Call the Midwife, Mr Turner) as the choir leader Gertrude Riall, Malcolm Sinclair (Casino Royale, V for Vendetta) as the renowned conductor Sir Hamilton Hardy and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, Suits) and Sophie Thompson (Four Weddings and a Funeral, EastEnders) as former choir members and now husband and wife, Frank and Dorothy.

Writer and director, Victoria Wood says: “That Day We Sang brings together everything I love, singing, dancing, comedy, love and chips. A musical set in ‘29 and ‘69 complete with tap dancing children, singing coal men and possibly a tram, was always going to be a big undertaking. Imelda and Michael are my dream team, superb professionals at the top of their game. I’m hoping to deliver something that will be a real treat for the audience.”

Hilary Bevan Jones, Executive Producer says: “Victoria Wood is an extraordinary talent.  This script is warm, witty and fun, complete with music and lyrics that make your heart leap”.   

Producer Paul Frift says: “Musicals for television are rare – to make a musical with Victoria Wood, Imelda Staunton and Michael Ball is pure heaven. That Day We Sang is a beautiful universal love story, we will all be in floods of tears before the end.”

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