It's a Great Day

It's a Great Day

John Warrington (1955)

U Certificate


Our Score
The Grove Family was one of BBC television's great popular successes, a series that today would be termed soap opera, but was then a compulsive, if low-key, look at the busy life of a very average suburban family. The excellent Ruth Dunning and Edward Evans were Gladys and Bob Grove, and the acting honours, and the popularity stakes, were hijacked by formidable Nancy Roberts as Gran. This cheaply made feature version of the show, produced quickly and efficiently by Butcher's Films with the original cast, now looks like a perfect period artefact. The plot is wonderfully naive, casting doubt on upright Mr Grove's integrity, and the cast is studded with marvellous 1950s faces such as Sid James, Victor Maddern, Michael Balfour and Vera Day. It's a treat for nostalgists and those who cherish that period of postwar austerity, when such a cosy family unit was perceived as the ideal.


A builder recruits a dubious character to help him complete a difficult job on a housing estate, but ends up with more problems than he had before. Comedy mystery, based on 1950s TV show The Grove Family, starring Ruth Dunning, Edward Evans, Sheila Sweet and Sid James.

Cast & Crew

Gladys Grove Ruth Dunning
Bob Grove Edward Evans
Harry Mason Sidney James
Blondie Vera Day
Pat Grove Sheila Sweet
Jack Grove Peter Bryant (1)
Gran Nancy Roberts
Daphne Grove Margaret Downs
Lennie Grove Christopher Beeny
Director John Warrington
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Butchers Film Service LtdAvailable on: DVD