The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society

Mike Newell (2018)

12A Certificate


Our Score
Baking a pie filled only with scraps of potato skins becomes an emblem of the privations suffered by those living under the Nazi occupation of Guernsey in this period drama with a dash of romance. Events are approached from the postwar perspective of Lily James's London-based writer, who is given inspiration by a chance letter from a Guernsey farmer (handsome Dutch actor Michiel Huisman). He helped form the eponymous literary society during the war as a way of circumventing the invaders' curfew, and when James travels to the island, the various members help her piece together a saga of courage and suffering - putting her own forthcoming nuptials in jeopardy the longer she stays on. James and Huiman's love interest is somewhat telegraphed, and the whole story offers a rather roundabout way of tackling an under-explored episode of wartime history. However, the handsome period design and likeable performers ensure it remains modestly engrossing, with Penelope Wilton offering by far the sharpest contribution as a grieving widow.


Premiere. In London, 1946, author Juliet Ashton's career has taken off but she is not enjoying promoting her detective stories to eager audiences on a book tour. When she receives a letter from a Guernsey pig farmer inviting her to attend a meeting of his literary society, she eagerly accepts. What Juliet discovers about her new friends and their secrets leads to her staying on the island much longer than she planned. Drama, starring Lily James, Tom Courtenay and Katherine Parkinson.

Cast & Crew

Juliet Ashton Lily James
Dawsey Adams Michiel Huisman
Mark Reynolds Glen Powell
Elizabeth McKenna Jessica Brown Findlay
Eben Ramsey Tom Courtenay
Amelia Maugery Penelope Wilton
Isola Pribby Katherine Parkinson
Sidney Stark Matthew Goode
Director Mike Newell
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Studio CanalAvailable on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 20 Apr 2018