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Learners (2007)

Bev is a downtrodden housewife who's failed her driving test eight times, having only been instructed by her impatient husband Ian. After registering with a driving school, she develops a crush on her instructor, Chris.

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Francesca Joseph

Writers:

Jessica Hynes, Francesca Joseph (conception)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Jessica Hynes ... Beverley
Shaun Dingwall ... Ian
Richard Glover ... Examiner
David Tennant ... Chris
Tameka Empson ... Gloria
Sarah Hadland ... Fiona
Con O'Neill ... Gerry
Mathew Baynton ... Howard
Laura Solon Laura Solon ... Ivana
Jordan Long ... Bailiff
Danny McEvoy Danny McEvoy ... Alfie
Megan Jones ... Juanita
Kyle Summercorn ... Toby
Michael Maloney ... John
Simon Day Simon Day ... Simon
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Hopeless driver Bev Baldwin has failed her test eight times, on the last attempt colliding with a parked milk float, to the dismay of loser husband Ian. At the suggestion of work colleague Gerry she enrols at his mistress Fiona's driving school and is taught by the shy, lonely Chris who gives her confidence so that her driving improves. But when Ian is made redundant and cannot afford more lessons he resumes teaching her and the old faults come back so she steals from her daughter's school trip fund to pay for more lessons. Her next test goes brilliantly - until she sees Ian and goes to pieces when he tries to stop the car. Ultimately she passes at her tenth attempt after her driving has averted a domestic crisis and paved the way for an upturn in the family finances whilst Fiona, realising that she is being used by Gerry, gets it together with Chris. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Trivia

Hynes was inspired to write the script after taking ten years to pass her test. See more »

Goofs

A major plot point of the film is Chris's christian cross hanging from the rear view mirror of his driving school car. This is illegal in GB and would actually fail an MoT test were the car old enough. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Parkinson: Episode dated 5 May 2007 (2007) See more »

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Take Your Wheel
Music and Lyrics by Jessica Hynes
Arranged and Performed by Mitch Benn
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Shouldn't be half as bad as it is
9 February 2020 | by studioATSee all my reviews

Quite simply this is rubbish.

It shouldn't be. Look at all the people involved who have a talent for this sort of comedy/drama.

And yet the main character is so annoying that it kills the whole piece.

A shame.


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11 November 2007 (UK) See more »

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Hertfordshire, England, UK

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