What We Did on Our Holiday

What We Did on Our Holiday

Andy Hamilton (2014)

12 Certificate


Our Score
David Tennant and Rosamund Pike, as an unhappily married couple, are the headline names in this disarming comedy drama, but it's the kids who are the real stars. That won't come as a surprise to fans of BBC sitcom Outnumbered - series creators Andy Hamilton and Guy Jenkin are co-writer/directors here, but the material is a little more hefty. Billy Connolly plays grandpa who, thanks to illness, is about to celebrate what'll be his last birthday. Hence, mum and dad pack the kids (Emilia Jones, Bobby Smalldridge and the hilarious little Harriet Turnbull) in the car and drive up to Scotland to put on a show of family togetherness - despite separation and impending divorce. Inevitably, the children say too much in laugh-out-loud scenes, but what happens when grandpa takes them to the beach also brings pathos. The tonal shifts can be a touch jarring, but there is a thin line between comedy and tragedy that is all the more poignant seen through innocent eyes.


A couple whose marriage has hit a rocky patch take a trip to Scotland with their three children, to visit the husband's father on his 75th birthday. They try to conceal their marital strife to avoid spoiling the occasion, but have to contend with the kids giving away all their secrets. Comedy drama, starring Rosamund Pike, David Tennant and Billy Connolly.

Cast & Crew

Abi Rosamund Pike
Doug David Tennant
Gordy McLeod Billy Connolly
Agnes Chisolm Celia Imrie
Gavin McLeod Ben Miller
Doreen Annette Crosbie
Lottie McLeod Emilia Jones
Margaret McLeod Amelia Bullmore
Director Andy Hamilton
Director Guy Jenkin
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: LionsgateGuidance: Some swearingAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 26 Sep 2014
Drama Comedy