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Kinky Boots

British comedy starring Chiwetel Ejiofor. A man inherits his family's shoe factory. Things look bleak until he meets a cabaret singer who introduces him to a niche market.

A Northampton shoe factory is on the verge of closing down, unable to compete with cheap imports. The reluctant and desperate owner is inspired by an outrageous drag queen to switch production to saucy footwear for transvestites - to the despair of his fiancée and the shop floor.

An Ealing comedy for the Ann Summers generation.

1 hour, 40 minutes

Last on

Sat 19 Oct 2019 22:30

Music Played

Timings (where shown) are from the start of the programme in hours and minutes

  • 00:04

    David Bowie

    The Prettiest Star

  • 00:09

    David Bowie

    The Prettiest Star

  • 00:10

    Adrian Johnston

    The Red Shoes

  • 00:14

    Nina Simone

    Wild Is The Wind

  • 00:25

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    I Want To Be Evil

  • 00:31

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Whatever Lola Wants

  • 00:37

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Together We Are Beautiful

  • 00:37

    Kirsty MacColl

    In These Shoes?

  • 00:41

    Nina Simone

    I Put A Spell On You

  • 00:49

    Adrian Johnston

    Steel Shank

  • 00:54

    Lyn Collins

    Mr. Big Stuff

  • 00:56

    Adrian Johnston

    Free To Walk

  • 01:19

    James Brown

    It's a Man's Man's Man's World

  • 01:33

    Dub Pistols

    String Vest

  • 01:38

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Yes Sir I Can Boogie

  • 01:39

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    These Boots Are Made For Walking/Cha Cha Heels/In These Shoes/Going Back To My Roots

  • 01:42

    Kirsty MacColl

    In These Shoes?

Kinky Boots inspiration comes out of the shadows

How a BBC documentary about a struggling Northamptonshire shoe factory caught the attention of film-makers and fans from Earls Barton to Broadway.
Read the story on the BBC News site

BBC Movies review

'Underpinned by a showstopping performance by Chiwetel Ejiofor - and more uplifting than a nine-inch stiletto.'
Read the full review


Role Contributor
Charlie Joel Edgerton
Lola Chiwetel Ejiofor
Lauren Sarah-Jane Potts
Don Nick Frost
Melanie Linda Bassett
Nicola Jemima Rooper
Harold Price Robert Pugh
George Ewan Hooper
Big Mike Stephen Marcus
Pat Mona Hammond
Jeannie Kellie Bright
Trish Joanna Scanlan
Director Julian Jarrold
Writer Geoff Deane
Writer Tim Firth
Producer Nicholas Barton
Producer Peter Ettedgui
Producer Suzanne Mackie


  • Sun 22 Jun 2008 21:00
  • Sun 4 Jan 2009 22:00
  • Sun 19 Jul 2009 22:45
  • Thu 6 May 2010 23:00
  • Sun 12 Oct 2014 22:35
  • Thu 7 May 2015 22:30
  • Boxing Day 2015 23:30
  • Sun 2 Sep 2018 22:00
  • Sun 2 Sep 2018 23:00
  • Mon 3 Sep 2018 00:40
  • New Year's Day 2019 01:35
  • Sat 19 Oct 2019 22:30

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