That Day We Sang (2014)


That Day We Sang (2014)

In 1969 insurance salesman Jimmy 'Tubby' Baker and secretary Enid are among those meeting for a televised reunion at the Manchester Free Trade hall, where, thirty years earlier as school children they were part of the choir who made a record of 'Nymphs and Shepherds, Come Away.' Tubby and Enid are drawn together in reaction against the snobbish organizer Frank and his wife who try to impress them by taking them to the Berni inn and Tubby wants to date Enid but she is having an affair with her married boss in the belief that he will leave his wife for her. Tubby recalls how, as young Jimmy, his widowed mother was disapproving of his singing in the choir and it was down to the Bible-quoting Great War veteran, crippled Mr Kirkby, assistant to choir mistress Gertrude Riall, that he was able to take part. Now he believes he should take a leaf out of his determined younger self's book and be bold, convincing Enid that her lover will never leave his wife and that they are made for each other...
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Director Victoria Wood
Writer Victoria Wood
Release Date2014-12-26
Runtime1h 29mins
Content RatingNot Rated (Not Rated)
Awards3 nominations.
CompanyBritish Broadcasting Corporation (BBC), Endor Productions
Christopher Jordan
Christopher Jordan
Leslie Hattersley
Leslie Hattersley
Harvey Chaisty
Harvey Chaisty
Jessica Casby
Jessica Casby
Young Enid
Sam Burles
Sam Burles
Tracy Gabbitas
Tracy Gabbitas
Carl Sanderson
Carl Sanderson
Bus Conductor
Dorothy Atkinson
Dorothy Atkinson
Gertrude Riall
Michael Strobel
Michael Strobel
Mr Chandler
Nathan Rowley
Nathan Rowley

That Day We Sang

That Day We Sang is a British musical written and composed by Victoria Wood. It is based on a true story of the reunion of a famous recording of Nymphs and Shepherds in 1929 by The Manchester Children's Choir.

2011 Manchester International Festival

The play was commissioned for the Manchester International Festival, and was first performed at the Manchester Opera House in July 2011, under the direction of Victoria Wood, for just ten performances. The cast was accompanied by a choir and the Hallé Youth Orchestra.

  • Vincent Franklin as Tubby
  • Jenna Russell as Enid,
  • Lorraine Bruce as Dorothy/Pauline
  • Raif Clarke as Young Jimmy
  • Alison Pargeter as Gertrude Riall

2013 Manchester Royal Exchange Cast

A rewritten production opened at the Royal Exchange Theatre for Christmas 2013, directed by Sarah Frankcom.

  • Dean Andrews as Tubby
  • Anna Francolini as Enid
  • Kelly Price as Gertrude Riall

2014 television film

That Day We Sang
  • Drama
  • Musical
Created byVictoria Wood
Written byVictoria Wood
Directed byVictoria Wood
  • Imelda Staunton
  • Michael Ball
ComposerVictoria Wood
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
Executive producers
  • Hilary Bevan Jones
  • Matthew Read
ProducerPaul Frift
Running time90 minutes
Production companies
  • BBC
  • Endor Productions
DistributorAll3 Media
Original network
  • BBC Two
  • BBC Two HD
Original release26 December 2014
Related showsThat Day We Sang (2011), (2013)

Provisionally entitled 'Tubby and Enid', filming of a television adaption began on 6 January 2014 using locations in Liverpool, Manchester and Huddersfield Town Hall. It was produced by Paul Frift with executive producers Hilary Bevan Jones and Matthew Read and eventually broadcast under the original name on 26 December 2014. Seen by 2.57 million viewers, it was the 8th most watched programme on BBC2 that week. It was Wood's last major work before her death in April 2016.

  • Imelda Staunton as Enid
  • Michael Ball as Tubby (Jimmy)
  • Sophie Thompson as Dorothy
  • Conleth Hill as Frank
  • Harvey Chaisty as Young Jimmy (Tubby)
  • Dorothy Atkinson as Gertrude Riall
  • Daniel Rigby as Mr. Kirkby
  • Jessica Gunning as Pauline
  • Lyndsey Marshal as Sal
  • Charles De'Ath as Lionel
  • Malcolm Sinclair as Sir Hamilton Harty
  • Ian Lavender as Commissionaire/Older Mr. Kirkby

An hour-long documentary That Musical We Made, about the making of the telefilm, was broadcast the following day and featured archive clips from the original reunion documentary about the real-life choristers which Wood first viewed in her twenties.

Michael Ball played Nymphs and Shepherds composer Henry Purcell in the 1995 film England, My England.