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Bread (1986–1991)

TV Series | 70 min | Comedy

The Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly good life thanks government handouts and various ...See moreThe Liverpool-based Boswell family are experts at exploiting the system to get by in life. Despite the fact that none of the Boswells are officially employed, they manage to live a fairly good life thanks government handouts and various cash-in-hand jobs. Family life for the Boswells centres around their God-fearing Catholic mother, Nellie. With her husband having left her for "a tart", she relies upon her eldest son, Joey, to play the father's role to her other three sons, Jack, Adrian and Billy, and her daughter Aveline. Their ability to squeeze the DHSS dry, while the boys earn a living on the side, is legendary. But, although the family is the focus of their lives, they each have different reasons to be unhappy! See less
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7   |   6   |   5   |   4   |   3   |   2   |   1   See all
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Updated May 1, 1986

Release date (First episode)
May 1, 1986 (United Kingdom)

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206 cast members
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Jean Boht
Nellie Boswell Nellie Boswell   See fewer
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Nick Conway
Billy Boswell Billy Boswell   See fewer
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Jonathon Morris
Adrian Boswell Adrian Boswell   See fewer
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Kenneth Waller
Grandad Grandad   See fewer
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Ronald Forfar
Freddie Boswell / Mr. Boswell Freddie Boswell / Mr. Boswell   See fewer
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Victor McGuire
Jack Boswell Jack Boswell   See fewer
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Giles Watling
Oswald Oswald   See fewer
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Bryan Murray
Shifty Boswell Shifty Boswell   See fewer
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Eileen Pollock
Lilo Lill Lilo Lill   See fewer
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Peter Howitt
Joey Boswell Joey Boswell   See fewer
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Gilly Coman
Aveline Boswell Aveline Boswell   See fewer
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Pamela Power
Martina / D.H.S.S. Clerk / DHSS Clerk Martina / D.H.S.S. Clerk / DHSS Clerk   See fewer
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Graham Bickley
Joey Boswell Joey Boswell   See fewer
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Melanie Hill
Aveline Boswell Aveline Boswell   See fewer
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Deborah Grant
Leonora Campbell Leonora Campbell   See fewer
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Jenny Jay
Carmen Carmen   See fewer
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Rita Tushingham
Celia Higgins Celia Higgins   See fewer
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J.G. Devlin
Father Dooley Father Dooley   See fewer
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Simon Rouse
Yizzel's Mate Yizzel's Mate   See fewer
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Sharon Byatt
Irenee Irenee   See fewer
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Sylvie Gatrill
Mrs. Cullen Mrs. Cullen   See fewer
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Georgina Smith
Neighbour / 1st Lady / 4th Lady / Mary / Mrs. Chartier / Woman in Supermarket Neighbour / 1st Lady / 4th Lady / Mary / Mrs. Chartier / Woman in Supermarket   See fewer
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Reginald Marsh
Doctor / Mr. Rachel Doctor / Mr. Rachel   See fewer
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Evie Garratt
Mrs. Cumberland Mrs. Cumberland   See fewer
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Mary Maude
Lady Bowford Lady Bowford   See fewer
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Peter Clapham
Lord Bowford / Sale Representative Lord Bowford / Sale Representative   See fewer
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Roy Brandon
Cyclist / Man with bangle / Young Man Cyclist / Man with bangle / Young Man   See fewer
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Bernard Merrick
Occasion Cars Driver / Driver / Furniture Manager Occasion Cars Driver / Driver / Furniture Manager   See fewer
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Gerry White
Car Driver / Father / Jeweller / Taxi Driver Car Driver / Father / Jeweller / Taxi Driver   See fewer
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Philip O'Brien
Father Brennan Father Brennan   See fewer
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Pauline Amos
Maid / Ground Hostess Maid / Ground Hostess   See fewer
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Marie Jelliman
Lady / Nurse / Sister Lady / Nurse / Sister   See fewer
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Hilary Welles
Rachael Rachael   See fewer
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James Culshaw
Taxi Driver Taxi Driver   See fewer
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Mark Reader
1st Youth / Cafe Musician / Guitarist 1st Youth / Cafe Musician / Guitarist   See fewer
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John Laing
Pizza Man / Police Motorcyclist / Ray Hunter Pizza Man / Police Motorcyclist / Ray Hunter   See fewer
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Ann Haydn-Edwards
2nd Lady / 2nd Neighbour 2nd Lady / 2nd Neighbour   See fewer
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Patricia Martinelli
Magdelana Magdelana   See fewer
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Michael Strobel
1st Policeman / Shop Landlord 1st Policeman / Shop Landlord   See fewer
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Al T. Kossy
Antique Dealer / Funeral Bearer Antique Dealer / Funeral Bearer   See fewer
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Christopher Ellison
D.H.S.S. Claimant Mr. Wilson / Mr. Wilson D.H.S.S. Claimant Mr. Wilson / Mr. Wilson   See fewer
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Gladys Ambrose
3rd Lady / Woman in Supermarket 3rd Lady / Woman in Supermarket   See fewer
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Michael J. Jackson
Photographer Photographer   See fewer
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Brian Croucher
1st Policeman / Dino the Robber 1st Policeman / Dino the Robber   See fewer
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Tony Scoggo
Hartley / Van Driver Hartley / Van Driver   See fewer
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Tom Price
Man at Cashpoint / Youth Man at Cashpoint / Youth   See fewer
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John Woodnutt
Mr. Newton / Vicar Mr. Newton / Vicar   See fewer
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Lady in DSS Office / Woman in DSS Lady in DSS Office / Woman in DSS   See fewer
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Martin Buchan
Hunter Hunter   See fewer
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Susanna Page
Edie Matheson / Street Singer Edie Matheson / Street Singer   See fewer
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Myfanwy Talog
Posh Lady Posh Lady   See fewer
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Mandy Walsh
1st Lady / Lady 1st Lady / Lady   See fewer
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Barry Woolgar
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Leslie Rogers
Benny / Young Man Benny / Young Man   See fewer
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Barry McCarthy
R.S.P.C.A. Warden R.S.P.C.A. Warden   See fewer
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Alan Bird
Mourner / Registrar Mourner / Registrar   See fewer
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Paul Toothill
Compere / Fashion Designer Compere / Fashion Designer   See fewer
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Steve Calrow
Bus Driving Instructor / Workman Bus Driving Instructor / Workman   See fewer
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Head Waiter / Mr. Woodstock Head Waiter / Mr. Woodstock   See fewer
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Mark Jordon
Wagger Wagger   See fewer
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John Dryden
Bobby / Policeman Bobby / Policeman   See fewer
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Peter Colligan
Boy / Young Boy Boy / Young Boy   See fewer
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Andrew Hilton
Boy / Young Boy Boy / Young Boy   See fewer
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Mrs. Carter Mrs. Carter   See fewer
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Paula Baines
Carmen Phillips Carmen Phillips   See fewer
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Jeanette Hodgson
Tracy Chellino Tracy Chellino   See fewer
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Matthew Dale-Grey
First Removal Man First Removal Man   See fewer
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Sam Webster
Man in House Man in House   See fewer
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Pauline Daniels
Till Girl Till Girl   See fewer
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Cathy Flanagan
Receptionist Receptionist   See fewer
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Helene Hunt
Girl at Cashpoint Girl at Cashpoint   See fewer
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Frank Vincent
Councillor Councillor   See fewer
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Jimmy Wilde
Milkman Milkman   See fewer
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Man in the D.H.S.S. Man in the D.H.S.S.   See fewer
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Francesca Linden
Woman in DSS Office Woman in DSS Office   See fewer
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Barbara New
May's Neighbour May's Neighbour   See fewer
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Tom Ryan
George George   See fewer
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Woman at Police Station Woman at Police Station   See fewer
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Harry Goodier
Taxi Driver Taxi Driver   See fewer
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Campbell Morrison
1st Dealer 1st Dealer   See fewer
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Rex Robinson
Mr. Copley Mr. Copley   See fewer
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Anton Brookes
2nd Policeman 2nd Policeman   See fewer
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Linda McCartney
Herself Herself   See fewer
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Nick Stringer
Julian La Mere Julian La Mere   See fewer
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Trevor Danby
Man in DSS Office Man in DSS Office   See fewer
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Al Ashton
Badger Badger   See fewer
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Jackie Downey
Waitress Waitress   See fewer
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Anthony Dutton
2nd Dealer 2nd Dealer   See fewer
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Duncan Gould
Police Officer Police Officer   See fewer
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Terry Melia
Policeman Policeman   See fewer
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Charles Pemberton
D.H.S.S. Claimant D.H.S.S. Claimant   See fewer
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Roger Walker
Mr. Jones Mr. Jones   See fewer
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Don Hall
Postman Postman   See fewer
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Charles Simon
Solicitor Solicitor   See fewer
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Ian Burford
Mr. Carr Mr. Carr   See fewer
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Ishia Bennison
D.H.S.S. Clerk D.H.S.S. Clerk   See fewer
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Josie Kidd
D.H.S.S. Claimant D.H.S.S. Claimant   See fewer
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David Beale
Magistrate Magistrate   See fewer
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Jon Croft
Antique Dealer Antique Dealer   See fewer
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Sheila Fay
Mrs. Radcliffe Mrs. Radcliffe   See fewer
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Peter Terry
Dog Keeper Dog Keeper   See fewer
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Eric Wyn
Old Man Old Man   See fewer
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Joanne Zorian
D.H.S.S. Clerk D.H.S.S. Clerk   See fewer
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Peter John
Mr. Dodd Mr. Dodd   See fewer
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Sonia
Ellia Stephens Ellia Stephens   See fewer
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Michael Angelis
Mr. Cossack Mr. Cossack   See fewer
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Mark Curry
Photographer Photographer   See fewer
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Hugo Conlon
Ambulance Man Ambulance Man   See fewer
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Steve Ramsden
Mr. Crosswell Mr. Crosswell   See fewer
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Malcolm Scates
Director Director   See fewer
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Noel Collins
Mr. Hayworth Mr. Hayworth   See fewer
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Janet Davies
D.H.S.S. Claimant D.H.S.S. Claimant   See fewer
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Robbie Dee
Man at Docks Man at Docks   See fewer
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Arthur Cox
Mr. Johnson Mr. Johnson   See fewer
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Tim Dantay
Hijacker Hijacker   See fewer
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Gina Maher
Alice Alice   See fewer
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Michael Stroud
Solicitor Solicitor   See fewer
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Linda Beckett
Lady in DHSS Lady in DHSS   See fewer
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Ina Clough
Lady Connaught Lady Connaught   See fewer
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Gerard Bostock
Young Boy Young Boy   See fewer
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David Easter
The Agent The Agent   See fewer
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Joan Heath
May Mattheson May Mattheson   See fewer
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Taxi Driver Taxi Driver   See fewer
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Roger Martin
Producer Producer   See fewer
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Jacob Abraham
2nd Youth 2nd Youth   See fewer
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Derek Deadman
Robber's Mate Robber's Mate   See fewer
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Robert East
Prosecuting Counsel Prosecuting Counsel   See fewer
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Roy Heather
Boat-owner Boat-owner   See fewer
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Hijacker Hijacker   See fewer
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Lady in Street Lady in Street   See fewer
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Himself Himself   See fewer
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Young Man Young Man   See fewer
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Postman Postman   See fewer
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Clerk of the Court Clerk of the Court   See fewer
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Boy Thief Boy Thief   See fewer
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Postman Postman   See fewer
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2nd Policeman 2nd Policeman   See fewer
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Sister Midwife Sister Midwife   See fewer
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Mr. Cullen Mr. Cullen   See fewer
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Ambulanceman Ambulanceman   See fewer
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Girl at Party Girl at Party   See fewer
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Boy Thief Boy Thief   See fewer
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1st Neighbour 1st Neighbour   See fewer
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Musician Musician   See fewer
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Journalist Journalist   See fewer
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Waitress Waitress   See fewer
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Student Midwife Davis Student Midwife Davis   See fewer
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Mr. Masefield Mr. Masefield   See fewer
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Butler Butler   See fewer
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Jeweller Jeweller   See fewer
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Ambulanceman Ambulanceman   See fewer
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Lady in DHSS Lady in DHSS   See fewer
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Man Onlooker Man Onlooker   See fewer
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Musician Musician   See fewer
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Woman in Street Woman in Street   See fewer
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1st Policeman 1st Policeman   See fewer
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Lady in DHSS Lady in DHSS   See fewer
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Autograph Hunter Autograph Hunter   See fewer
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Hotel Receptionist Hotel Receptionist   See fewer
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Man in DHSS Man in DHSS   See fewer
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Musician Musician   See fewer
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Farmer Jackson Farmer Jackson   See fewer
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Neighbour Neighbour   See fewer
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Hospital Sister Hospital Sister   See fewer
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2nd Policeman 2nd Policeman   See fewer
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Autograph Hunter Autograph Hunter   See fewer
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Hotel Maid Hotel Maid   See fewer
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Musician Musician   See fewer
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Hospital Sister Hospital Sister   See fewer
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Autograph Hunter Autograph Hunter   See fewer
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Musician Musician   See fewer
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Neighbour Neighbour   See fewer
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Neighbour Neighbour   See fewer
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Little Girl (as Faye Armstrong) Little Girl (as Faye Armstrong)   See fewer
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P.C. Lloyd (uncredited) P.C. Lloyd (uncredited)   See fewer
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D.H.S.S. Clerk (uncredited) D.H.S.S. Clerk (uncredited)   See fewer
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6.2 / 10 | 742 votes