Play for Today: Our Day Out (DVD)
Alun Armstrong and Jean Heywood star is an anarchic, bittersweet comedy drama about taking troubled kids on’ a school trip.’
A BBC Play for Today from 1977 from Willy Russell, creator of Educating Rita and Shirley Valentine.
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Different teaching approaches clash as the emphatic Mrs. Kay (Jean Heywood) and disciplinarian Mr. Briggs (Alun Armstrong) supervise a coach trip of chaotic children from an inner-city Liverpool school.
In this hilarious romp showing what happens if you let a bunch of naughty schoolkids off the leash for the day on a trip to Conwy Castle in Wales. Stopping off at a sweet shop, the zoo, a beach and a funfair along the way, the children take every opportunity to attempt to cause havoc.
Filmed on located with a cast made up of untrained child actors, to add to the chaos, Our Day Out is a riotous celebration of youth and what it is like to be 14 and free from school.
Although a comedy at heart, it also provides commentary on the bleak and hopeless lives of poor and un-educated children living in Britain.
This emotional comedy was directed by 1996 BAFTA winner Pedr James (Our Friends in the North), and draws on creator Willy Russells own experiences on school trips both as a youth, and supervising them as a teacher. It was later adapted for stage, and is still a regular school text.
The Play for Today series showcased some of the best of British acting talent and most prolific writers from 1970 - 1984. Some of the most iconic films to come out of the ’ series included Abigails Party and Boys from the Blackstuff.
Release Date: 1st October 2018
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