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Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

Ruth Jones takes on the role of the larger-than-life Carry On actress Hattie Jacques, revealing how her home life was blown apart by a secret sexual liaison with her handsome young driver while she was married to Dad's Army star John Le Mesurier.

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Mon 4 Jun 2012 21:00 BBC HD

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  • Photo: Carry On Cabby

    Photo: Carry On Cabby

    The drama features scenes that recreate the filming, in 1963, of the seventh Carry On film, Carry On Cabby, in which Hattie Jacques starred as the manager of an all-female minicab firm called GlamCabs.

    Wikipedia: Carry On Cabby
  • Photo: Hattie and John

    Photo: Hattie and John

    At the centre of the drama is the story of Hattie Jacques' affair with her driver, John Schofield, played by Aidan Turner.

  • Photo: This Is Your Life

    Photo: This Is Your Life

    In 1963, Hattie Jacques was the recipient of the 'big red book', as Eamonn Andrews surprised her for an edition of This Is Your Life. From left to right: Robert Bathurst as Hattie's husband, actor John Le Mesurier; Lewis Macleod as Eamonn Andrews; Ruth Jones as Hattie Jacques.

    This Is Your Life: Hattie Jacques
  • Hattie Jacques: How We Filmed Her Bittersweet Tale

    Hattie Jacques: How We Filmed Her Bittersweet Tale

    Producer Seb Barwell on recreating Hattie's colourful life on-screen: "We didn't want to create goodies and baddies in this story - there is always more to the end of a relationship than one person's actions."

    Read Seb's post on the BBC TV blog


Hattie Jacques
Ruth Jones
Joan Malin
Jeany Spark
Jay Simpson
Esma Cannon
Marcia Warren
Gerald Thomas
Stephen Critchlow
Young Actress
Susy Kane
Eamonn Andrews
Lewis Macleod
Brian Pettifer
James Martin
Robin Le Mesurier
John Bell
Seb Barwell
Dan Zeff
Stephen Russell


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