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Vera Drake

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Vera Drake

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Friday 20 September 8.30pm Channel 039

Vera Drake is a selfless woman who is completely devoted to, and loved by, her working class family. She spends her days doting on them and caring for her sick neighbour and elderly mother. However, she also secretly visits women and helps them induce miscarriages for unwanted pregnancies. While the practice itself was illegal in 1950’s England, Vera sees herself as simply helping women in need, and always does so with a smile and kind words of encouragement. When the authorities finally find her out, Vera's world and family life rapidly unravel. Directed by Mike Leigh and starring Imelda Staunton & Jim Broadbent. Nominated for 3 Oscars for Best Actress, Best Director and Best Original Screenplay in 2005.