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Half Broken Things (television adaptation)

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Half Broken Things is a 2007 dramatization of the 2003 psychological novel bearing the same name, by Morag Joss, starring Penelope Wilton, Daniel Mays, Nicholas Le Prevost and Sinead Matthews.[1] The ninety-minute drama, directed by Tim Fywell and produced by Festival Film & TV. It first aired on ITV on 28 October 2007.


The lives of three very lonely people pregnant Steph (played by Matthews), on the run from her violent boyfriend; Michael (Mays), a petty thief who becomes her knight in shining armour; and Jean (Wilton), a sixty-year-old spinster nearing the end of her career as a house sitter, collide dramatically within the grounds of the illustrious Walden Manor, where together they seal themselves away from the outside world and build a new life together. This new life will not be able to last forever though with the imminent return of the house owners.


Penelope Wilton - Jean
Sinead Matthews - Steph
Daniel Mays - Michael
Nicholas Le Prevost - Reverend Gordon Brookes
Lara Cazalet - Sally
Sian Thomas - Shelley
Crispin Redman - Mr David

Filming locations[edit]

The entire 2007 television production was filmed in Kent, with Boughton Monchelsea Place being the main location, which doubled as Walden Manor.[2] Herne Bay featured briefly at the start of the film as the location where Jean (Wilton) is staying before being handed her final house sitting job.[2] Teston Bridge Country Park also featured briefly in the film as the rural location where Michael (Mays) changes out of disguise and back into his clothes, and the village of Teston was the setting of the local village, where the post office doubled as Haleton Village Shop.[2]

Home media[edit]

The film was released on Region 2 DVD in 2013.


  1. https://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b8c6529f4
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Kent Film Office. "Kent Film Office Half Broken Things Film Focus".

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