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Florence Nightingale (BBC-1 2008, Laura Fraser, Roy Hudd)

Florence Nightingale

Drama about the life of Florence Nightingale, beginning with her return from the Crimean War in 1857 and flashing back to take in aspects of her life, also a major part of the drama was music hall scenes, featuring Roy Hudd prominently, which also dramatised key moments from her life (a good way of keeping the budget down!)

After the Crimean War Nightingale lived for another half a century and revolutionised nursing care as we know it, creating new standards for the management of hospitals that are still in use today. She died in 1910.

Filming locations included Lea Hurst, Derbyshire; Butterley Station, Ripley; St John the Baptist Church, Tideswell; Manchester Town Hall; Croxteth Hall, St George’s Hall and High Park Reservoir all in Liverpool.

production details
UK / BBC One – 1A Productions – Lightworks – CTVC – 8th Day Productions / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 1 June 2008 @ 7.00pm

Writer/Director: Norman Stone / Producer: Roger Childs / Director of Photography: Michael Fox / Music: Jeremy Soule / Production Design: Roger Murray-Leach / Costumes: Nicky Albrechtsen / Executive Producers: Susan Keane, Edward J Murray, William Spencer Reilly, Nick Stuart, Jeffrey C Weber, Jean-Claude Bragard, Carol Sennett

cast
LAURA FRASER as Florence Nightingale
ZOE STREET HOWE as Queen Victoria
ANDREW HARRISON as Lord Palmerston
LORRAINE CHESHIRE as Watson
ROY HUDD as Music Hall Barker
DUGGIE CHAPMAN as Music Hall Colonel
DARYL FISHWICK as Music Hall Florence
ROBERT ARAM as Doctor
MICHAEL PENNINGTON as Wen
BARBARA MARTEN as Fanny
CATHERINE TYLDESLEY as Parthenope
IAN BARTHOLOMEW as Sidney Herbert
KEITH CLIFFORD as The Colonel
PAUL OPACIC as Richard Monckton Milnes
OLWEN MAY as Mother Mary Claire
JOHN AXON as Orderly
JON CROFT as Sir John Hall
TIM BEASLEY as Fitzgerald
SEAN McKENZIE as Dr Farr
DEREK HICKS as Surviving Soldier
TIM DANN as Dying Soldier
BEN STOTT, SAM MAURICE, PAUL MOORCROFT, RICHARD KELLY, KATE JOSEPH, HARRIET WEBB as Music Hall Performers CHRIS KERRY, CHERYL WILLDAY, VIOLET FOODE, WENDY PATTERSON, DEBBIE RUSH as Nurse Interviewees