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Cathy Come Home Carol White / Ray Brooks PAL or NTSC Made for The Wednesday Play in 1968, the shattering story of a young homeless couple caught in a poverty trap led to the formation of the homeless charity Shelter, and also helped to invent an entirely new kind of television drama. Director Ken Loach and producer Tony Garnett were keen to get their plays out of the studio and to harness documentary and newsreel techniques. Working with unknown actors to achieve performances of uncanny naturalism through improvisation, the resulting film, with its agit-prop narrations and fly-on-the-wall atmosphere, is as close to documentary as drama can be. Cathy Come Home was written by Eton and Oxford educated Jeremy Sandford, who insisted that "the upper classes are completely written out," and whose strong social conscience had already led him to write angry documentaries and passionate journalism attacking the flaws in the welfare state. After the play won huge acclaim and awards, and raised furious debate in the Houses Of Parliament, Sandford followed it up with his brilliant BAFTA winning 1971 Play For Today Edna The Inebriate Woman. A third play was planned but never made, provisionally entitled Till The End Of The Plums, which was to have exposed the plight of gypsies, a subject Sandford devoted much of his life to. Carol White Ray Brooks Winifred Dennis  Wally Patch Adrienne Frame Emmett Hennessy  Alec Coleman  Geoffrey Palmer  Gabrielle Hamilton  Phyllis Hickson  Frank Veasey Barry Jackson  James Benton Ruth Kettlewell John Baddeley Runtime:75 min Country:UKFormat dvdrRegion:(0) Language:English Color:Black and White Certification:UK:PG