The Night Watch

Synopsis: In post-war London, Viv Pearce is dating Reggie and runs a dating bureau with Helen Giniver, who lives with her older lover, authoress Julia Standing. Viv's younger brother Duncan, a gay man made to feel ashamed of his orientation, has been in prison and is sought out by his ex-cell-mate, Robert Fraser, who served time as a conscientious objector and is now concerned for the young man's welfare. Viv encounters Kay Langrish, a wealthy, reclusive, butch lesbian and for both women this evokes memories of the period three years earlier (1944) when Kay was an heroic ambulance driver in a happy, loving relationship with Helen -- before Kay introduced her to her ex-lover Julia. At that time, Viv and Reggie are forced to procure the services of a dentist moonlighting as an abortionist. About to die from blood loss, and having been abandoned by Reggie, Kay saves her from prosecution by claiming she was a married woman who had miscarried. Three years before that (1941) Kay and Julia are still an
Genre: Drama, Romance, War
Director(s): Richard Laxton
Production: British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
  1 win.
 
IMDB:
6.7
Year:
2011
89 min
17 Views

If you go to the cinema

mid way through a film,

you watch the second

half first, don't you?

So you see how the characters

end up in the story.

'In spite of shortages

and rationing...'

What happened to turn them

into the people they became...

it's like a riddle

you have to solve...

Get your paper!

No.

No.

Try to keep an open

mind, Mr Bryant.

No. How about this one?

New in last week.

Enjoys dressmaking, walking and...

No-one in spectacles.

Here...

I haven't got time for this.

You know the type I want.

If and when you get

one suitable call me.

It's like he thinks

finding the perfect woman

is his reward for doing

his bit in the war.

What about our Forest Hill lady?

He's after someone younger.

I had one this morning.

EX-RAF, married the

girl next door...

came home to a peroxide blonde

chasing anything in trousers.

War changes people.

Not always for the better.

Our two o'clock will be along.

Better see if we've

got anyone suitable.

Forever Amber is on at the Odeon.

We should go one evening.

I'll bring my brother, he

could do with a night out.

You can bring your chap.

About time I got to meet him.

Sounds like fun.

CLOCKS CHIMING:

Don't they drive you mad?

Thought we'd treat ourselves to

tea in the parlour this time.

Fish paste all right, dear?

Done.

You don't belong in this...

museum, Duncan.

You belong at home

with Dad and me.

It's not like you owe him anything,

is it? It's just not healthy.

Do you think if we keep having

this conversation, it'll

come out the way you want?

Can you not even visit?

Come home for Sunday lunch once in

a... I can't go back to that house!

You bloody know why.

KNOCK AT DOOR:

Mats and cosy, Duncan.

Cat... or cottage?

The cat, why not?

Let's see now...

Thank you for the

gift of food, oh Lord,

and we will keep in mind

that lust and covetness

are powerless in the face of

your forgiveness. Amen. Amen.

Shall I be mother?

PHONE RINGING:

SIRENS WAILING:

'Guest house in Jostlyn Street.

Six people trapped inside...

Stop it!

'Section 58 call

out deal with it!'

Run Rabbit, Run Rabbit,

run, run, run...

'Is she worth that much?'

BANGING:

Our legs are all mixed up. You

can't tell which belongs to who.

Can I see?

You look so glamorous.

You're biased.

Do you think it's wrong,

being so happy when there's been

so much suffering in the world?

All the more reason

not to squander it.

Do you think I do squander it?

I think you feel you've

forfeited the right to be happy,

to atone for past sins.

How about present sins? Stop!

Behave! Not until you say it.

You know I'll make

you eventually.

I concede! I love you.

You better.

Hello, Duncan.

Fraser.

They said at the front desk

I'd find you back here.

You haven't changed one iota.

Not one bit!

How did you know where to...

I phoned the parole

office, at the scrubs.

Chatted up the secretary,

she said to try here.

She said you got

out just after me.

Six months after.

I never thought you'd

come looking for me.

I wanted to see how

you were getting on.

I'd better let you get on.

Give me your number,

we can meet.

I'm not on the phone.

Here's my number.

Call me, we can have a drink...

Or drop round if you'd prefer.

Don't leave it too long, OK?

Hello, gorgeous.

You know it's coming up

for six years for us?

You're my life raft, Viv.

Only you keeps me afloat.

If you hadn't forgiven me.

If you'd walked out of my life.

I'd have no life.

My love.

My precious girl.

We can't, not here.

My dearest love,

let me in, please.

Say you'll never leave me.

Promise you'll never leave?

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Paula Milne

Paula Milne is a British screenwriter. Her works include The Politician's Wife, The Virgin Queen, Chandler & Co, Die Kinder, Second Sight, Driving Ambition, Small Island and Endgame. Her first single drama was A Sudden Wrench, after working on titles such as Coronation Street and Juliet Bravo. She also devised the BBC medical drama Angels. more…

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