UK / ITV Network – Danny Rose – Strand Productions / 1×120 minute episode / Broadcast 21 October 2001
Writers: Geoff Deane, Brian Finch, Philip Palmer / Novel: Michelle Magorian / Music: Carl Davis / Design: Donal Woods / Costume Design: Jo Rainforth / Executive Producers: Geoff Deane and Jim Reeve / Producer: Mia Jupp
With World War II over Peggy Dickinson’s daughter Rusty returns home having spent most of the war years as an evacuee living in America, she soon finds that she does not really fit in anymore and that although she is 14 and in her eyes a young woman her mother is still treating her like the little girl she was before she left.
Things are further complicated when her father returns home from the war. Peggy herself has been having a nice time of it during the war, working as a driver and living in a run down manor house in Devon. Meanwhile husband, Roger, who is a banker and conservative by nature, finds he also cannot adjust to life after the war and their marriage breaks down.
Back Home is a great feel good production that deals with an issue that hasn’t been covered in much depth, that of the problems faced by the evacuees when they returned home, in fact although we hear plenty of storie of ill treatment many evacuees were treated like family members and didn’t want to leave their new families once war was over.
Previously filmed in 1989 with Hayley Mills as Peggy.
Sarah Lancashire as Peggy Dickinson
Stephanie Cole as The Honourable Lady Beatrice ‘Beattie’ Langley
Jessica Fox as Virginia ‘Rusty’ Dickinson
Kate David as Molly
Skye King as Charlie Dickinson
Kaye Wragg as Ivy
Jack Pierce as Mitch
Martin Ball as Frank
Rosemary Leach as Mrs. Dickinson
Jenny Higham as Judith Penfold
Joan Blackham as Miss Bembridge
Adrian Lukis as Roger Dickinson
Danny Worters as Bob Stephens
Jeremy Peters as Mr. Stephens
David Kincaid as Ticket Clerk