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BBC TWO, Sunday August 5, 9pm
(1983) Rita is a young working-class woman with a burning desire for education. Enrolling on an Open University literature course, she is taken under the reluctant wing of a semi-alcoholic English professor, Frank.
Full cast and credits on BFI Screenonline.
Though its most obvious debt is to Shaw's Pygmalion, Educating Rita has much of the wit and grit of the British New Wave dramas of two decades earlier. But Willy Russell's script, from his own stage play (also starring Julie Walters), combines hard-edged social realism with a lightly-worn, spirited humour.
I watched this movie after a long time. I really enjoyed and related to a lot of the characters. The themes and relationships as portrayed by Walters and Caine are deep rooted in real issues of social class and education. A real timeless gem of a movie.