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Award-winning actress and comedy writer Ruth Jones stars as larger-than-life Carry On actress Hattie Jacques, in this one-off film about her secret affair with a younger man in the early Sixties, while still married to Dad's Army star John Le Mesurier.

Starring:
Ruth Jones, Robert Bathurst
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  • Feature ages_15_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 25 minutes
Starring Ruth Jones, Robert Bathurst, Aidan Turner
Director Dan Zeff
Genres Drama
Studio SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 24 January 2011
Main languages English

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful By Mr. C. D. Rawson on 20 Jan. 2011
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Anyone of a certain age (probably mid 30's and over) will have very fond memories of the `Carry On' films and the role played by Hattie Jacques in providing the `fat and funny' character. Few may have been aware of the more secret life she lead after the filming of `Carry On Cabbie'. This is in sharp contrast to the stars of today who tend to live their lives through the media.
I rarely write a review as I feel poorly qualified to do so but having just seen this on BBC4 (a fine tv. channel incidentally) I felt compelled to write.
The story is laid out in the synopsis and so I shan't bore you.
Hattie was married to John LeMesurier and he is played in this production by Robert Bathurst whose portrayal was so convincing that it could have been the man himself you were seeing. Quite brilliant.
Of course the star was Ruth Jones who played Hattie. Ruth first came to my attention as she did to most I would assume in Gavin and Stacey as Stacey's best friend `Ness.
It would be very easy to type cast Ruth as `Ness such was the strength of the character but I saw her in another production "A Child's Christmases In Wales"
A Child's Christmases in Wales [DVD] [2009]
and heard her on Desert Island Discs on Radio4. It was then I sat up and took notice. What a kind hearted person! So not `Ness.
I heard Ruth on Woman's Hour on the day `Hattie' was due to be broadcast and thought " I must watch that!". I'm glad I did. I sat down with remote in one hand and a 'tinny' in the other and at 9pm I started to watch. The next minute it was the end of the programme. It was quite simply gripping and if you thought Ruth was `Ness then watch this. She is one versatile actress.
I love these drama doc.s and this is one of the best. Don't think about it buy it!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Underdog TC on 21 April 2012
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This was an amazing portrayal of one actress by another. Ruth Jones manages to capture the pure essence of Hattie, without looking like she is acting.

Who knew what went on in that house. Unbelievable.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful By catmagnet on 22 Feb. 2011
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Wonderful film showing the depths of a compelling, complicated and beautiful marriage and the affair that ultimately led to its end. I fail to agree with the reviewer who said that she found the sex scenes offensive and detracting from the film as a whole; to me they were merely a normal part of the relationship that had such a profound effect upon Hattie Jacques and her husband, John le Mesurier. The marriage was extraordinary, as was the affair that led to its end. The image left with the viewer is of profound friendship and love that endured beyond the end of a marriage.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Phil on 25 Jun. 2012
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Before the sexual revolution of the late sixties people were having it on just as much...
And right they were...
Though I never would've imagined a story like that linked to Hattie.
Ruth Jones portrays her like a warm, caring and devoted mother and wife.
This is a story were nobody's wrong. Thing just happen and people follow their hearts.
This film is full of touching true moments and when her husband saved her carreer by taking the blame for the divorce it brought tears to my eyes.
The world would be a much better place if everybody was like those people.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joy Full on 1 April 2011
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I don't know there is something that keeps bringing me back to watching this again and again. It is so sensitively played and out of all the bio dramas that have been on recently these actors got the essence of Hattie and John Le Mesurier brilliantly. When i first saw it i missed the very beginning which i think made it more watchable as i spent the whole time wishing for Hattie and her lover to defy the odds and last. Had i seen the beginning i would have then watched it as i have on subsequent occasions with an underlying pathos, the big bird in the end couldn't hold onto her dashing young man. Aiden Turner was inspired casting and i think played his part equally as well, you really did believe that he loved her....or am i just an old romantic at heart?
The situation that they found themselves in was extraordinary but i understand not so unusual in that day and age, and though it was difficult to comprehend, the writing and the acting made it all so reasonable somehow.
Just see this if you haven't it is totally captivating!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Saintz on 18 Mar. 2015
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Great film really enjoyable well made brilliant acting.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Zoonie on 12 Feb. 2011
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"Hattie" is one of those productions you get so absorbed in that you lose track of time.
Ruth Jones's excellent portrayal catches Hattie Jacques's spirit without ever lapsing into being just an impression of her. Robert Bathhurst is equally convincing as the self-effacing John le Mesurier.
The characters seem real, but then they WERE real people with all their idiocyncracies and unpredictability.
You forget you are watching a performance and feel instead that you are a fly on the wall, observing.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Su TOP 100 REVIEWER on 4 Dec. 2013
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This followed in the wake of the likes of the (Carry On star) Kenneth Williams biopic/dramatization and it was a disappointment. I am aware of much of the story of Ms Jacques via family members and this was not a true representation of the events.

Josephine Edwina Jacques (7 February 1922 - 6 October 1980) was famed for playing the "Matron" type roles in the "Carry On" films.

The story follows the events leading to the divorce of Carry On star Hattie Jacques (Ruth Jones) and John Le Mesurier (Robert Bathurst) from 1963 to the dissolution of their marriage. They had been married on 10 November 1949 and their divorce was finalised on 31 August 1965 - after just under 16 years of marriage.

Don't get me wrong the acting is great and, yes, Hattie Jacques had an affair with John Schofield (Aiden Turner) while she was still married to John Le Mesurier (Sgt Wilson in "Dad's Army") BUT Le Mesurier was no down trodden doormat, or hard-done-to cuckolded saint. He was a habitual alcoholic who could be cruel and violent when drunk and would not be averse to waking up in bed with another woman, another man, or both ... as Sid James once said "anything warm with a pulse". It was even suggested that Le Mesurier had been having an on-off relationship with lodger "Bruce" (Jay Simpson) until he moved out.

Le Mesurier, a self-proclaimed "jobbing actor", had moved out of the marital home and had moved in with Joan Malin (Jeanny Speak) months before John Schofield moved in with Hattie. It was after Joan left Le Mesurier for Tony Hancock that he wanted to return home to Hattie.
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