That Day We Sang is a musical set in Manchester, 1969. It’s the story of Tubby (Michael Ball) and Enid (Imelda Staunton), two lonely middle-aged people who grab a second chance at life, reconnected by the power of music.
They meet at a reunion of the Manchester Children’s Choir who made the iconic Columbia recording of Nymphs and Shepherds in 1929. Tubby and Enid’s faltering romance is interweaved with the story of Jimmy, a member of the choir whose love of singing transcends his difficult home life. As we go between Tubby and Jimmy, their stories collide, and they must somehow find each other.
The television musical stars BAFTA award-winner and Emmy and Academy award nominee Imelda Staunton (Vera Drake, Another Year, Shakespeare in Love) and Olivier-Award winner Michael Ball (Hairspray, Sweeney Todd).
Starring alongside Imelda and Michael, are Daniel Rigby (Eric and Ernie, Black Mirror) playing Mr Kirkby, an injured World War One veteran who helps look after the choir and keep them in line. Dorothy Atkinson (Call the Midwife, Mr Turner) as the choir leader Gertrude Riall, and Conleth Hill (Game of Thrones, Suits) and Sophie Thompson (Four Weddings and a Funeral, EastEnders) as former choir members and now husband and wife, Frank and Dorothy.
Writer and director, Victoria Wood says, “That Day We Sang brings together everything I love, singing, dancing, comedy, love and chips. A musical set in ‘29 and ‘69 complete with tap dancing children, singing coal men and possibly a tram, was always going to be a big undertaking, and I'm very appreciative of the way everyone at the BBC has been so encouraging and supportive. Imelda and Michael are my dream team, superb professionals at the top of their game. I'm hoping to deliver something that will be a real treat for the audience.”
That Day We Sang - 1x90' was first broadcast on 26th December 2014 on BBC Two.
That Day We Sang received BAFTA TV Craft Awards nominations for Sound and Production Design.
"touching, funny, different and very watchable"
Tubby & Enid's Lunch Date - Clip
During a lunch date, Tubby and Enid dream about the glamourous world of Ginger Rogers and Fred Astaire.
Jimmy Baker's Audition - Clip
Young Jimmy Baker begins to sing 'Proud' at his audition. 'Tubby' accompanies him during the song.