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Dennis Potter's 'Pennies From Heaven' - 'You've Got Me Crying Again'

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Uploaded on Sep 14, 2010

'Pennies From Heaven' by Dennis Potter. Episode 2: 'The Sweetest Thing'. Trapped in a hum-drum life looking after her father and brothers, spinster village schoolteacher Eileen (Cheryl Campbell) yearns for love and longs to escape. A school assembly and reading from the scriptures gives a demure Eileen the chance to express her feelings with a heart rending performance of a poignant love song.

A school assembly, with silent pupils sitting bolt upright listening to a scripture reading while a gowned headmaster casts an eagle eye over his charges, is a memory of many a childhood years. Filming on location on 16mm film with meticulous attention to period detail at the actual Forest of Dean high vaulted Victorian school Potter attended, with many of the local children cast as extras, adds a touch of contextual realism. While Campbell lip-syncs to popular 1920s and 30s English singer Elsie Carlisle's achingly poignant rendition, a sour-faced school pianist in the background is an ominous reminder of what the future may hold for her.

Music: 'You've Got Me Crying Again'. Bert Ambrose and His Orchestra (Vocal: Elsie Carlisle). Recorded 1933.

Dennis Potter's award-winning 'Pennies From Heaven' (BBC 1978). Directed by Piers Haggard, produced by long-time Potter collaborator Kenith Trodd, with choreography and design by Tudor Davies and Tim Harvey. One of the finest pieces of television the BBC has ever produced.

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