Synopsis: Wolverhampton,1967: nine year old Nigel Slater loves his mother though she is a hopeless cook, her finest offering being toast whilst he has great culinary aspirations. When she dies of asthma Nigel is left with a distant father but worse is to come when the 'common' Mrs. Joan Potter arrives as the Slaters' cleaner. Nigel fears, rightly, that her aim is to be the next Mrs. Slater and soon he has a new stepmother and is whisked away to the country. Joan is, however, a superb cook but this only makes for rivalry as Nigel, the only boy in his cookery class at secondary school, competes with her to find the way to his father's heart. A weekend job in a pub kitchen introduces Nigel to an older boy, another great cook and gay like himself, who gives him the confidence and inspiration to leave home after his father's death and head for the hotel kitchens of London.
Director(s): S.J. Clarkson
Production: Screen Gems
  2 nominations.
Rotten Tomatoes:
96 min

What about a pork pie, Mum?

Certainly not, Nigel.

Pork pies are common.

- What about some fresh cheese, then?

- Don't be silly, you don't know where it's been.

I'll have some nice Dairylea slices.

Right you are.

'My mother was always

averse to fresh produce.

'I'm Nigel, I'm nine years old

and I've never had a vegetable

that didn't come in a tin.'

- Thank you, Mrs Slater.

- Come on, Nigel.

Come on! What on earth

have you been doing?

Oh, come on.

'It must have been

the lack of nutrients that

gave my father his fiery temper.

'He was not a sweet man,

despite a very sweet tooth.'

Not like that, man!

'My mother's sweet nature made up

for her inability to cook,

or even make a sandwich.

'When you're deprived of something,

it just makes you all the more

hungry for it.'

- Can we make the cake, then?

- If we have to.


What does that say?

I can't even read this. Right, flour.


I think that's enough.

Oh, yes, sieve it.

And some butter.



Oh, dear. Daddy will be pleased.

Mum, let me do it.

Shh, listen.

Don't worry, we'll cheer it up

with a little icing.

It's not too bad.

Mum, the dinner!

They're all burnt.

I think I'd better make some toast.

'No matter how bad things get,

it's impossible not to love

someone who made you toast.

'Once you've bitten

through that crusty surface

to the soft dough underneath

'and tasted the warm, salty butter,

you're lost forever.'

More tea, anyone?





- What you doing?

- Oh!

- Nothing.

- Go to sleep, young man.




Right, I'm off.

You don't suppose there's anything

wrong with him, do you?

There you go.

And was it a pound of streaky bacon?

Yes, please.

- There you go, Mrs Patten.

- Thank you.

- Yes, Mr Salt?

- A pound of Caerphilly, please.


Anything else I can get you?

- Some raspberries, please.

- Right you are.

Hi, Nige.

Let's get to work, then.

'What are you doing?'

Making compost.

What's compost?

Sort of nature's way of melting

everything together.

Come here.

Give us your hand.

- Right, feel that.

- It's hot!

- Cool, eh?

Everything breaking down

lets all the goodness out.

That's what I love about gardens.


They're alive.

- How do you mean, alive?

- Come here.

Right now, there's

going on all around us.

Thousands of new things being born.

All these smells and tastes -

no wonder it's an assault

on the senses.

That's what nature's

all about, ain't it?


Get on.


Smell this.

Do you know what that's called?

Go on. Have a guess.

- I don't know.

- Well, what does it make you think of?

Parma Violets?

- Pleasure.

- Pleasure?

- Yeah.

Cool, eh?

Can you really eat them like that?

Aren't they dirty?

There's plenty of things they'll tell you is dirty

that won't do you any harm.

- In fact, most of them's good

for you in my opinion.

- Such as?


What do they taste like?

You don't know unless you try.

Please yourself.


Nigel, come on.

A tin of braised beef,

a tin of sponge pudding

and a tin of mixed veg, please.

Can we have spaghetti bolognese?

- I beg your pardon, Nigel?

- Spaghetti bolognese.

It's from Italy.

The sauce comes in a tin.

I wouldn't know how

to cook such a thing.

I'll show you.

Are you sure this is a good idea?

You have to put it IN the pan.

What on earth's this?

- It's spaghetti bolognese. It's Italian.

- Italian?

What the hell's wrong with you,

Nigel? It's rock hard.

It isn't cooked yet.

Stupid idea if you ask me.

See, I told you it wouldn't fit.

- What the hell's this?

- Cheese.

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