Walking & Talking 2012

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Following on from Kathy Burkes acclaimed short film, Better than Christmas, part of the Little Crackers series for Sky1 HD, this comedy drama takes a heart-warming and captivating look at her life as a young teenager, roaming the streets of Islington with her best friend Mary. Set in 1979, a young Kathy harboured a dream to be an actress, but circumstance and her upbringing made it an unlikely dream. Walking and Talking tells the stories inspired from her teenage years - time spent bunking off school, talking about the stuff that matters: punk rock, books, television and her hopes and dreams. Reprising their roles as Kathy and her best friend Mary are Ami Metcalf (Upstairs Downstairs) and Aimee-Ffion Edwards (Luther, Skins). Kathy Burke also stars in each episode as Angry Nun, alongside Sean Gallagher and stand-up comedy legend Jerry Sadowitz.

Starring:
Ami Metcalf, Aimee-Ffion Edwards
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  • Feature ages_12_and_over
Starring Ami Metcalf, Aimee-Ffion Edwards
Director Tim Kirkby
Genres Comedy
Studio 2 ENTERTAIN VIDEO
Rental release 23 July 2012
Main languages English

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jaynie on 1 Aug. 2012
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I am SOOOOO happy this is on a DVD!! I Sky plussed it and have watch it over and over again with my 13 year old daughter. I've been trying to explain to her the fact that this is what we used to do, WALKING home from school, (not getting a lift) TALKING about boys and music and Top of the Pops. No cars on the roads, no mobile phones to walk and text/facebook. Brilliant! Those were the days, cleverly captured by Kathy. Well done, Kath. BUT my only disappointment is that the original Christmas episode is NOT on, I think it really should've been included, however, a great 'Behind the Scenes' is included,talking to Kathy, so this makes up for it and why I've stuck with 5 out of 5 for the rating .
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Tommy Dooley TOP 100 REVIEWER on 12 May 2013
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This is the Sky mini series that was inspired by a one off Christmas special about the early years of comedy genius Kathy Burke. She actually wrote the whole thing and it is done with oodles of love and as expected lots of comedy. Let it transport you back to the heady days of 1978 in a sunny Islington. Summer is here and so is punk rock - with a bang. Kathy played brilliantly by Ami Metcalf, is at a Roman Catholic school where she spends her time with best mate Mary.

They talk about boys and what is really `a sin' and try to avoid the slightly mental `Jimmy the Jew' who is played by another comedy genius in the shape of Jerry Sadowitz. Kathy is resigned to not being pretty but is determined to make up for it with buckets of personality, and I think she more than makes up for it. We also have the real Kathy Burke playing `Angry Nun', who spends her time ignoring the girls and upsetting the `Pretty Nun'. This so called `Pretty Nun' is played with devastating brilliance by Sean Gallagher.

We also have a smorgasbord of fab music from the likes of `The Specials' `Blondie' and the totally original `X-Ray Specs'. There are loads of references to the culture of the time as well as some well out of place Teddy Boys, and a search for the ghost of Joe Orton. I watched the whole series in one hit it was so engrossing. I really loved it. Kathy clearly did not have a golden child hood, the hints at violence both familial and otherwise are all too evident, but she has decided to see everything through the prism of optimism and uses humour as her vehicle. This has the production values you would expect from the BBC which all adds to the quality of the series.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura on 10 July 2012
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A beautiful, beautiful show, that I am so happy got commissioned.
I loved and was so touched by the original Christmas Cracker short Kathy Burke did and wanted to see more of her world growing up, so was overjoyed when this came on.
It's magical, honest, and captivating.Unlike some other programming at the moment, this makes you feel better after you watched it, it inspires the soul. Brilliantly written and acted.
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By voltaire on 31 Jan. 2013
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This low budget, low concept TV series is a fantastic piece of comedy drama whose simple surface conceals some very subtle and truthful observations about adolescence, about girls, about the City, about friendship. It also has two very funny nuns and a rare appearance from the genius that is Gerry Sadowitcz.

But at its centre is Kath, the 14 year old self of actor/director/writer Kathy Burke as a fish out of water, pacing interminably around working class Islington circa 1979. Expertly portrayed, she has both big doubts and big dreams, is both self-effacing and brave. It is also frequently laugh-out-loud funny while always feeling honest at the same time.

There should be more episodes. It should be seen by more people. It deserves an award.
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Her recent Walking and Taking mini series and the fact that she is so damn talented is the proof that she is totally lovable and a joy to behold! This series may be short but oh so powerful in being back memories from the late seventies early eighties. Both lead actors are superb and the others make the walking even crave more talking! The "retro" way the series was filmed with the muted watercolor seventies technocolor brings tears of joy to my eyes! I highly suggest you run dont' walk to either buy eleswhere or hit the "buy now" key NOW!
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By Sally on 18 Jun. 2013
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Very funny. You probably had to have been there era-wise but everything from the clothing/hairstyles/dance moves is spot on and the dialogue hilarious. Kathy Burke is a major but probably under -rated writer and, in the extras bit at the end, which I would normally never watch, she explains the hows and whys of the series. Highly recommended.
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I am roughly the same age as Kathy Burke and this took me right back to my teen years. The music, boys giving the girls marks out of 10 for different attributes, the aimless walking about and the various nutters you encountered on the way - it's all there! Kathy Burke's turn as 'nasty nun' is genius as well. I can't recommend this enough.
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By Mrs Mc on 18 Mar. 2013
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Really enjoyed this light hearted, yet in depth look into teenage years, made me chuckle quite a few times. Fantastic soundtrack is a bonus as well. Great writing yet again by Kathy Burke plus great casting made Kathy and Mary very believable.
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