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Duration: 1 hour, 29 minutes

Set against the turbulent backdrop of London in the 1940s, this adaptation of Sarah Waters' bestselling novel, The Night Watch, follows four young Londoners inextricably linked by their wartime experiences. In a time when the barriers of sexual morality and social convention have been broken down, Kay, Helen, Viv and Duncan enjoy a freedom never experienced before.

Moving back in time through the 1940s into the maelstrom of the Blitz, the lives, loves and losses of these four central characters are unravelled. For them, the post-war victory is bittersweet, for it returns them to the margins of society, from which they hoped they had been liberated. In order to build their future they must each make peace with their past.

Last on

Sun 13 Jul 2014 21:40 BBC Two Scotland, Wales only

  • How we transformed Lark Rise's sets for The Night Watch

    How we transformed Lark Rise's sets for The Night Watch

    Production designer Martin Boddinson on adapting Lark Rise To Candleford into the 1940s: "It would be interesting to know if you noticed that Mr Mundy's house was actually the Pratt sisters' parlour."

    Read and comment on Martin's post on the BBC TV blog
  • Helen (Claire Foy)

    Helen (Claire Foy)

    Picture credit: Susie Allnutt

  • Duncan (Harry Treadaway) and Fraser (JJ Feild)

    Duncan (Harry Treadaway) and Fraser (JJ Feild)

    Picture credit: Susie Allnutt

  • Viv (Jodie Whittaker)

    Viv (Jodie Whittaker)

    Picture credit: John Rogers


Kay Langrish
Anna Maxwell Martin
Helen Giniver
Claire Foy
Vivian Pearce
Jodie Whittaker
Julia Standing
Anna Wilson-Jones
Duncan Pearce
Harry Treadaway
Robert Fraser
JJ Feild
Reggie Nigri
Liam Garrigan
Nancy Carmichael
Claudie Blakley
Horace Mundy
Kenneth Cranham
Ann Tricklebank
Richard Laxton
Paula Milne
Sarah Waters


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