Taste of Honey, A

Date: 1961
Director: Tony Richardson
Production Company: Woodfall Film Productions

Stars: Rita Tushingham, Dora Bryan, Robert Stephens, Murray Melvin, Paul Danquah
Location(s): Greater Manchester, Lancashire

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Storyline:

Abandoned by her sailor boyfriend and her man-hungry mother, a pregnant teenager faces the prospect of life on her own until help comes in the form of a kind-hearted young man.

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In the grounds of a northern city school, a netball match is in progress. This is Bradford Park between Charlesworth Street and Barmouth Street in Bradford, Manchester M11.

Girls run around the netball court. Prior to October 2014, 'now' shots had been gathered for this film since 2006 and the date of uploading does not necessarily reflect the date of the image.

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Chris Hughes shows us that the netball court has long gone. (RL)

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The teacher urges one of her pupils on. Peter Bebbington advises that behind the teacher stands Shelagh Delaney, author of the play on which this film is based.

17-year old Josephine 'Jo' (Rita Tushingham) isn't playing too well . . . . . on purpose. The school has since been demolished but was located on Jarvis Street between Charlesworth Street and Barmouth Street. Information on the Rita Tushingham web site.

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The shot from Chris reveals what replaced the school. (RL)

Peter Greenwood confirms that "Barmouth Street Baths stand in the background of this image and the school is Gresham Street Secondary School."

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Chris provides this picture of the location after the loss of the Baths and School. (RL)

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Jo attempts to play the game.

When the whistle is blown the girls return inside. The now demolished Gresham Street Secondary School in Manchester. Ian Forsythe advises that the school fronted onto Johnson Street.

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Chris thought of us again as he passed by the changed location. (RL)

Jo makes her way home after school. Lark Hill Road, Stockport formerly in Cheshire.

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Graham Crawford provides this shot showing that the original railings have been replaced and trees now obscure the view down the hill where the terraced houses once stood. (RL)

The youngster goes inside to find the Landlady having words with her mother. Lark Hill Road with the corner of Cunliffe Street visible on the extreme left.

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Graham Crawford sends us this shot that he took in October 2017. He has also provided a capture from Google Earth that shows the cellar from which Dora Bryan and Rita Tushingham escaped, avoiding rent has now been bricked up. (RL)

Time to move on, Jo follows her mother Helen through a window whilst the Landlady watches television.

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Lark Hill Road, Stockport, in Greater Manchester by Dave Moran.

Helen (Dora Bryan) leads the way to the bus stop. Chris Barnes suggests that this is in the Edgeley area of Stockport and it is - the top of Lark Hill which runs down to Brinksway.

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Chris also provides this excellent photo as proof, complete with bollards!

As Jo and her mother ride the bus from Stockport to Salford, a montage of Manchester buildings is seen. Carlton House in Albert Square with the statue of William Gladstone to the right of centre. The location was seen in 'The White Bus' and 'The Parole Officer'.

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Another shot from Graham taken in October 2017 revealing that little has changed. (RL)

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The old Transport & General Workers Union offices at the junction of Oldfield Road and Crescent in Salford found with the assistance of Richard Taylor. The building has been replaced . . . . .

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. . . . . with this one, that Ian Brooks has provided a picture for. Image copyright Google.

Dark buildings populate the city centre. Dark maybe, some redevelopment but more importantly a reverse shot of Manchester Art Gallery (on the left of the screen capture) resolved by Neil Rigby. Nicholas Street corner with Mosley St. (RL)

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Graham Crawford provides this shot to replace Neil's Google Earth view and clarifies the reversal of the original filming. "This is Manchester Art Gallery that features in the film and is situated on Moseley Street. The road between the Art Gallery and the modern building to the left is Nicholas St. The old building seen to the right of the Gallery in the film capture, no longer exists and has been replaced by the building in the above image.The actual building to the right of the Gallery can be seen in Capture 75. This supports the theory provided by Neil Rigby that the image in the film is a reverse shot. Moseley St is for Trams and pedestrians whilst cars can still travel down Nicholas St." (RL)

St. Ann's Square in Manchester with the tower of St. Ann's church to the left and the Boer War Memorial centre. Identified by Richard Taylor.

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A further shot from Graham that he took in October last. (RL)

This is a corrected view of the film's reversed shot of the Monument to Queen Victoria in Piccadilly.

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The same statue, now with a newer building as the backdrop. (PW)

A church is seen as the journey continues out of the city. Mike Hicks advises that this is Brunswick Chapel on Broad Street, Salford. The building was demolished in 1978 and stood at the corner of Upper Gloucester Street.

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Mike provides this shot of the same location now. Image copyright Google Streetview.

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The bus passes a pattern of demolished streets tattooed on the landscape.

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The number 77 bus comes to a halt. Keith Byrne advises that the bus has travelled down Brindleheath Road from the junction with Broad Street in Pendleton, Greater Manchester. Behind the bus at the top of the rise stands The Horseshoe public house.

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Helen and Jo alight. Brindle Heath Road, Salford.

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Jimmy (Paul Danquah) gets off at the same stop and helps Jo with her suitcases. The steps lead up from Brindle Heath Road to Broad Street passing Gordon Street, Hancock Street and McCleary Street in an area once known as Pendleton Higher Green.

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Helen goes on ahead to find their new address. These are the steps down from Hancock Street to Brindle Heath Road.

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Jimmy follows Jo as she follows her mother. Looking towards Gerald Street through the 'backs' of Gordon Street and Hancock Street in Salford, previously in Lancashire.

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Jo and Jimmy part company. Looking from the 'backs' on Gordon Street and Hancock Street towards the walkway that runs down to Brindle Heath Road.

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At the end of a days work, Gladys (Veronica Howard) tidies paperwork after her boss Peter Smith leaves the office to meet Helen.

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The day dawns following Peter and Helen's night out.

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Jo falls as she runs down the steps whilst leaving school.

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With an injured knee and dusty skirt, Jo sets out on the long journey home.

Jo walks alongside the canal. Richard Lysons advises that this is the Rochdale Canal between Hulme Hall Lane and Varley Street bridges in Miles Platting, an identification echoed by Simon Hopes.

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And Chris Hughes provides us with the "now" shot. (RL)

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Richard Lysons certifies that this is the Bridgewater Canal near Barton on Irwell, confirmed by the oil refinery pipes.

Barton Swing Aqueduct taking the Bridgewater Canal over the Manchester Ship Canal identified by Richard Lysons.

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And Ian Forsythe captured the location in September 2014.

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Although other narrower canals in Clayton and Beswick were used, Richard Lysons identifies this as Manchester Ship Canal with Barton Swing Aqueduct in the background.

The Manchester Ship Canal near Barton on Irwell looking westwards towards Barton Locks, located by Richard Lysons.

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To the right can be seen the same style of wall as in the screen capture. Unfortunately, it's not possible to gain access. (PW)

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Jo walks alongside ocean going liners where she is spotted by Jimmy, who turns out to be a cook on the S.S. Manchester Shipper.

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The next day, Jo appears after enquiring after a job. Duncan Hill identifies this as the Manchester University Settlement, better known as 'The Roundhouse', on Every Street, Ancoats, Manchester. The spot is almost opposite Oswald Street.

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Jo turns as Jimmy calls to her. Just outside 'The Roundhouse', looking along the road towards Bradford gas works advises Duncan Hill. Simon Hopes tells us that the television series 'Life on Mars' was also filmed in this area. The building on the right was a library.

The two talk about matrimony as they walk together. This is Holt Town in Manchester M4 and between the road and the background buildings flows the River Medlock.

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This shot from Graham is as near as he could get for now shot. In the film Jo and Jimmy are walking under the bridge and then turning right to go up the steps. The Metrolink now runs under the bridge. (RL)

Graham Crawford provides this additional screen capture of Jo and Jimmy before the days of graffiti. (RL)

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Graham provides this comparative shot. We all have our own views on graffiti. (RL)

Peter Bebbington locates these steps on the border between Beswick and Ancoats, running down from Cambrian Street to Holt Town.

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Graham provides this now shot looking down towards the bottom of the steps with a better understanding of the Tram Link system rails. (RL)

Jo waves down to Jimmy as the two part company. The stone stairs are in Beswick near 'City's' ground says Chris Barnes.

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Graham Crawford provides this shot of the location now, with added graffiti. (RL)

This is at the top of the Holt Town steps on Cambrian Street, with the 'Red Wreck' football pitch to the right. Information from Peter Bebbington.

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Graham Crawford replaces the the Google view with his own shot adding that the Holt Town Road is now part of the Metrolink Tram System. The metal barrier to prevent people using the steps and going down to the track has, it would appear, been pulled aside. They should have bricked it! (RL)

Jimmy skips away after the pair confirm their love for each other. Holt Town in Manchester.

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Graham provides this shot of the location today, the old buildings are now long gone in favour of just grass and the Metrolink track where the cobbles were. (RL)

Jo also skips homeward to find that her mother is going away for the weekend. Cambrian Street as advised by Simon Hopes and John Walton. In the centre of the image stands a cafe on the corner of Cyrus Street, which was also seen in 'The Parole Officer' and Terry S. advises that in the left hand top corner stands St. Annes Ancoates Senior Boys School which he attended in the 1940s.

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The same, relatively unchanged street now taken by John Walton.

Capture 43 reproduced as Graham Crawford advises that the existing now shot looks identical to that on the Rita Tushingham website http://ritatushingham.com/1961.htm#atoh attributed to Geoff Knight in 2006. (RL)

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Graham provides us with his own now shot. (RL)

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On another day, Jimmy and Jo walk along the canal. The Manchester, Bolton & Bury canal, identified by Richard Lysons and Paul Hindle. Richard adds that this is near to Lock No. 6 whilst Paul locates this is at Cock Robin Bridge in Pendleton.

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After Jimmy gives Jo a ring, the couple move to sit at the waters edge. Paul Hindle is Chairman of the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal Society and advises that Cock Robin Bridge links Holland Street with Laundry Street, passing over the canal as well as the Bolton to Manchester railway. And Richard Lysons confirms that this is indeed the Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal.

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The ring is too big and Jimmy ties it to a length of ribbon. The Manchester, Bolton & Bury Canal confirms Paul Hindle. Salford, Manchester M6. Beyond the canal is the railway line, as confirmed by a train passing when the shot fades.

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Peter Smith arrives with friends to take Helen away to Blackpool. Facing north-west on Brindle Heath Road in Salford M6.

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Helen waves to her boyfriend when the car pulls up. The sign reads Prosser Street but this appears to have been placed for the purpose of the film. In reality this is Gordon Street off Brindle Heath Road. The area is now occupied by properties on Brindle Heath Road and Maurice Drive.

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Doris (Moira Kaye) and Bert (David Boliver) wait in the car as Peter Smith (Robert Stephens) calls to Helen. Pedro Gaspar confirms that the location is Brindle Heath Road in Salford.

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Helen and Peter argue about Jo coming along. The area has been redeveloped although the railway bridge on Harding Street, to the top right, still exists. The young girl with the ball is Hazel Blears who became an MP in later life.

The group arrive in Blackpool. The Promenade in Blackpool, Lancashire.

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The same location in beeeeuutifuuul Blackpool. A resort "norted fur fresh er an' fun".

Jo trails miserably behind as Peter, Helen, Bert and Doris enjoy a walk along the prom. Also enjoying a walk is Elizabeth Shaerd who is sitting in the pushchair being pushed by her Grandma.

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Yes, Blackpool again. Dead giveaway that tower, but there are some who thought it was 'Gay Paree'.

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Peter shouts at Jo to "come along". Facing south on Blackpool's Promenade with Central Pier to the right.

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Helen feeds shellfish to Peter. Promenade, Blackpool in Lancashire.

After a few rides on the fun fair, the pier is visited. Looking towards the Promenade from Central Pier. The pierhead theatre was rebuilt in 1986.

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Central Pier in the early 2000s. How the mighty have fallen. But it's still standing, which is more than can be said for many piers.

The women head for a fortune teller as Jo and the men hang around on the pier. Facing Blackpool Tower from Central Pier.

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The same, not so different view now.

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After upsetting her mother and Peter, Jo arrives back home as dusk falls. Brindle Heath Road in Salford.

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Jo sees Jimmy standing alone on the steps and runs the other way.

Jimmy calls and chases after Jo.

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At least the brick wall was still there to help Chris with the location, a reverse POV of Capture 61, New Viaduct Street. (RL)

Not wanting to be seen as she's been crying, Jo stops and Jimmy catches up. Chris Wright says that this is Bradford Road Gasworks in Manchester and Simon Hopes confirms. Philip Gregson remembers filming taking place on Cambrian Street and adds that the shot is taken from New Viaduct Street.

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Chris Wright advises that "This photo is from a different angle and distance. Note the lift shaft on the side of the tower which is seen behind the right church 'turret'. Incidentally, the tall 'waterless' gas holder was demolished in 2002 to make way for the Commonwealth Games".

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The two lovers say goodbye after Jimmy tells Jo that his ship is leaving. Trafford Road swingbridge in M17 advises Russ Jarvis.

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Facing north on Trafford Road. The road has been widened and the bridge doubled in the intervening years.

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Trafford Road Bridge over the Manchester Ship Canal located by Russ Jarvis. In the background lies Manchester United's Old Trafford Ground.

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Jimmy walks across the bridge as it swings open. Russ Jarvis advises that this is Trafford Road Bridge but unfortunately it would be impossible to get a 'now shot' as the bridge no longer swings. The castellated building in the distance is the now demolished Henshaws Blind Home at Old Trafford.

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The S.S. Manchester Shipper, built 1943, went out of service in 1969 and was scrapped at Trieste in 1970. Manchester Liners ceased operations in 1985. S.S. Manchester Shipper became the first merchant ship to be fitted with radar in 1946.

Jo watches as the red funneled ship sails away. Barton Road swing bridge on the Manchester Ship Canal with the Stretford and Eccles bypass, later to become the M63 and eventually the M60, in the distance.

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Behind the greenery stand the bridge. (PW)

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Helen and Peter return from Blackpool. The junction of Brindle Heath Road and Harding Street.

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Jo watches as her mother gets back into Peter's car after announcing that she's getting married.

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Children gather around the car as the 'happy couple' drive away leaving Jo to fend for herself. Facing Harding Street from Brindle Heath Road.

Geoffrey Ingham (Murray Melvin) peers into the shoe shop where Jo has started working. Looking out onto Ashton New Road which has since been redeveloped. If you were standing in the doorway of the shoe shop today you would see the City Of Manchester Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club, across the street. Information from Geoff Knight on the Rita Tushingham web site.

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Chris Hughes provides the view as it is now. (RL)

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The Landlord shows Jo a flat that she takes for thirty bob a week.

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While watching the annual Whit Week Walks, Geoffrey and Jo spot each other on the steps of the city art gallery. This is Mosley Street in Manchester, part of which was seen in 'Hell is a City'.

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A band plays as a procession of children passes through the streets.

Graham Crawford has provided this additional screen capture that shows the actual building to the right of the Gallery as opposed to that revealed in the reversal of Capture 14. (RL)

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Graham provides this clearer up to date shot of the scene. (RL)

Graham also provides this capture of Rita Tushingham on the steps of the Art Gallery...... (RL)

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.....and the "now" to go with it. Cast iron bollards and brass hand rail still present but now with added gates. (RL)

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The shoe shop Proprietor (Herbert Smith) cleans windows as Geoff approches. Outside the W. Timpson's branch on the south side of Ashton New Road, Manchester M11.

Geoff sets off to find Jo when told that it's her half day. Ian Forsythe advises that the shop was on Ashton New Road at the junction with Parker Street in the Bradford district of Manchester.

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Where the shoe shop used to be in this image from Ian. The area seen in the screen capture has been totally wiped out of existence and replaced with a "regeneration project".

Jo is found at 'the arches'. This view is through Stockport Viaduct and Dave Moran adds that Hollywood Park is in the distance.

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The view through one of Stockport Viaduct's arches captured in this photo from Chris Barnes.

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The teenager reveals that she's pregnant. A view from the viaduct with Brook Street West, Wood Street and King Street in the background. In the right distance stands Orrel Mill chimney which once belonged to a cotton mill but was demolished in the late 1970s. Information by Dave Moran.

Jo suggests a trip to the country. Dave Moran advises that to the right is Stockport’s bus station above which stands the arches carrying Wellington Road, the A6, as it runs through the centre of town. To the top left is Heaton Norris Park.

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Dave Moran took this picture of the location in early 2012.

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Children follow the pair as they run to catch a bus for the Peak District. This appears to be a footpath leading down onto Exchange Street in Stockport.

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The two spend the afternoon near Castleton. Andrew Botsford believes this to be filmed on land about 300 meters to the north-east of the Blue John Cavern near Castleton in Derbyshire with Castleton and the chimney of Hope Cement Works in the right distance.

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Geoff asks if Jo would marry her, "just for the baby's sake". Near the Blue John Cavern, Castleton suggests Andrew Botsford.

The unlikely couple wander along a disused canal.

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Phil Clarke locates this as lock number 81 on the Rochdale canal and the mill with the distinctive chimney is the Victoria. The canal has been made navigable once again. Image added 31/01/2011.

Richard Lysons also tells us that this is the Rochdale Canal.

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The crew films the scene in which Jo's baby kicks her for the first time. The canal basin and locks are bordered by Holland Street and Vickers Street with Varley Street crossing both.

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Geoff goes to find Jo after obtaining a 'baby doll' from the antenatal clinic. The church and churchyard of St. Mary's in Market Place, Stockport identified by Ian Forsythe. Part of John Schlesinger's 'Yanks' was shot in the same area.

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Jo watches a young, scruffy boy play among the graves. St. Mary's Church at the corner of Churchgate and Millgate.

In a depressive mood, the young mother-to-be looks down at gravestones. Facing Market Place from St. Mary's church.

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The same location in 2006 taken by Ian Forsythe.

Geoff follows as Jo finds a dead bird.

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Ian Forsythe provides a closer view of the gateway to the church yard.

Jo tells Geoff about her father, as described by her mother.

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Another comparison from Ian, without the cooling towers of Portwood gas works.

More doubts enter Jo's head.

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Ian Forsythe took this picture in 2006, slightly to the left as the tree now blocks the view.

Jo bursts into tears when presented with the doll from the clinic.

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Ian Forsythe did great work here, identifying, finding and photographing. We had a pie and a pint in the pub in the Market Place.

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Peter drives Helen away after the two visit Jo in her flat.

Geoff finds Jo by the Ship Canal. This is facing the opposite way from the view in image tasho064.

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Location found and snapped by Ian Forsythe.

When asked, Jo tells Geoff that she no longer loves Jimmy. Barton Bridge again with the keeper's cottage to the left. The cottage is still there although covered undergrowth and even overgrowth.

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Captured in 2006 by Ian Forsythe.

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The two talk before cheering each other up and heading home.