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Drama recounting the true story of Philomena Lee who, decades after being forced to give up her infant son, enlists the help of an investigative journalist to track him down.

Drama recounting the true story of Philomena Lee, a Catholic woman who gives birth out of wedlock in 1950s Ireland. Abandoned by her family, she is forced to live in an abbey, where the nuns sell her infant child for adoption. Philomena keeps her secret for fifty years, before eventually enlisting the help of jaded journalist Martin Sixsmith in tracking down her estranged son.

1 hour, 33 minutes

Last on

Sat 29 Dec 2018 21:00

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Role Contributor
Philomena Lee Judi Dench
Martin Sixsmith Steve Coogan
Mary Mare Winningham
Sally Mitchell Michelle Fairley
Jane Anna Maxwell Martin
David Charles Edwards
Sister Hildegarde Barbara Jefford
Mother Barbara Ruth McCabe
Pete Olsson Peter Hermann
Sally Mitchell Michelle Fairley
Director Stephen Frears
Writer Jeff Pope
Writer Steve Coogan


  • Fri 26 Feb 2016 21:00
  • Sat 20 May 2017 21:00
  • Sat 24 Feb 2018 22:00
  • Sat 29 Dec 2018 21:00

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