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Ballet Shoes

  • Drama
  • Family
  • 2007
  • Sandra Goldbacher
  • PG

Summary

Harry Potter actor Emma Watson makes her TV debut in this feature-length adaptation of Noel Streatfeild's classic novel. Set in London during the 1930s, it tells the story of orphans Pauline, Petrova and Posy Fossil, who are adopted by eccentric explorer Gum - although it is his selfless niece Sylvia who does most of the hard work involved in raising them. The girls face further upheaval when their guardian disappears, and the cash-strapped Sylvia is forced to take in lodgers, but despite their impoverished circumstances, the sisters still have grand plans. Victoria Wood, Richard Griffiths and Marc Warren also star.

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Review

Heidi Thomas’s 2007 dramatisation of Noel Streatfeild’s classic children’s novel is deliciously rich yet not sickly sweet.

Set in 1930s London, it’s a timeless story about a family’s struggle to fulfil their dreams. Three unrelated orphans, Pauline, Petrova and Posy, adopted by an eccentric palaeontologist, are brought up as sisters by his selfless niece Sylvia and her nanny. One longs to be an actress, another an aviator and the third is born to be a ballerina, but their ambitions are thwarted by financial worries. The stellar cast includes Emilia Fox, the late Victoria Wood (unnervingly looking slightly like Worzel Gummidge), Eileen Atkins, Marc Warren and Emma Watson.

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Credits

Cast

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Sylvia BrownEmilia Fox
NanaVictoria Wood
Pauline FossilEmma Watson
Petrova FossilYasmin Paige
Posy FossilLucy Boynton
Great Uncle MatthewRichard Griffiths
Mr SimpsonMarc Warren
Theo DaneLucy Cohu
Dr JakesGemma Jones
Dr SmithHarriet Walter
Madame FidoliaEileen Atkins
WinifredHeather Nicol
Miss JayMary Stockley
ClaraTeresa Churcher
Young SylviaSkye Bennett
Sir Donald HoughtonPeter Bowles
Mr FrenchDon Gallagher
TitaniaEmma Darwall Smith
CobwebIsabella Parriss
MothJade Longley
Mr SholskyAdrian Lester
Mr MontagueTim Wallers
Leopold NevilleGresby Nash
Valentin ManoffEbe Sievwright
Featured dancerRuth Brill
Featured dancerNatasha Mould
Featured dancerJack Thorpe Baker

Crew

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DirectorSandra Goldbacher
ProducerPiers Wenger
WriterHeidi Thomas

Details

Released on
2007-12-26
Languages
English
Formats
Colour
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