Walter Now

Episodes

SeriesFirst
Broadcast
RepeatedComments
SP
SP
SP

by David Cook.

In 1982 Channel 4 launched with "Walter", directed by Stephen Frears and starring Ian Mckellen as a man with learning difficulties.

More than 25 years later award-winning writer David Cook brings us up to date with Walter's life and Ian Mckellen recreates his extraordinary performance.

Walter....Ian Mckellen

Steph....Becky Hindley

Mr Herd....Malcolm Tierney

Mary....Anna-Marie Heslop

Bernard....Robert Londsdale

Terry....Gunnar Cauthery

Tom....Edmund Davies

Mrs Hall....Jill Cardo

Boy....Ceallach Spellman

Director Claire Grove

In November 1982, a Channel 4 launched with "Walter" by David Cook, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Ian Mckellen as a man with learning difficulties.

It was an outstandingly truthful social commentary, heartbreaking and thought provoking.

More than 25 years later award-winning writer David Cook brings us up to date with Walter's life in 'Walter Now' and Sir Ian Mckellen recreates his extraordinary performance.

Walter is now a pensioner.

Following the death of his mother Walter spent many years living in a psychiatric hospital.

When that was closed down he moved to hostel accommodation where he is isolated and lonely.

When his support worker hears of a house share with three others he suggests Walter.

But Walter is twice the age of the rest.

Will they accept him? Will he cope with independent living? Will they integrate with the community around them?

Sir Ian Mckellen is best known for Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings.

Other recent films include The Da Vinci Code and The X-Men.

His portrayal of King Lear for the RSC in 2006-7 was much acclaimed and was released on DVD in January 2009.

David Cook is a stage and television actor who began to write novels in the early 1970s.

Ian Mckellen stars as Walter, a man with learning difficulties.

SP

by David Cook.

In 1982 Channel 4 launched with "Walter", directed by Stephen Frears and starring Ian Mckellen as a man with learning difficulties.

More than 25 years later award-winning writer David Cook brings us up to date with Walter's life and Ian Mckellen recreates his extraordinary performance.

Walter....Ian Mckellen

Steph....Becky Hindley

Mr Herd....Malcolm Tierney

Mary....Anna-Marie Heslop

Bernard....Robert Londsdale

Terry....Gunnar Cauthery

Tom....Edmund Davies

Mrs Hall....Jill Cardo

Boy....Ceallach Spellman

Director Claire Grove

In November 1982, a Channel 4 launched with "Walter" by David Cook, directed by Stephen Frears and starring Ian Mckellen as a man with learning difficulties.

It was an outstandingly truthful social commentary, heartbreaking and thought provoking.

More than 25 years later award-winning writer David Cook brings us up to date with Walter's life in 'Walter Now' and Sir Ian Mckellen recreates his extraordinary performance.

Walter is now a pensioner.

Following the death of his mother Walter spent many years living in a psychiatric hospital.

When that was closed down he moved to hostel accommodation where he is isolated and lonely.

When his support worker hears of a house share with three others he suggests Walter.

But Walter is twice the age of the rest.

Will they accept him? Will he cope with independent living? Will they integrate with the community around them?

Sir Ian Mckellen is best known for Gandalf in The Lord of the Rings.

Other recent films include The Da Vinci Code and The X-Men.

His portrayal of King Lear for the RSC in 2006-7 was much acclaimed and was released on DVD in January 2009.

David Cook is a stage and television actor who began to write novels in the early 1970s.

Ian Mckellen stars as Walter, a man with learning difficulties.

SP2009011020100925

Walter, now a lonely pensioner, is put forward for a house share by his support worker.

Update on the 1982 by David Cook, starring Ian Mckellen as Walter, a man with learning difficulties.

Walter is now a pensioner, living alone in a hostel.

His support worker puts him forward for a house share with three other people, all of whom are half his age.

Will they accept him and will he be able to cope with independent living?

Walter....Ian Mckellen

  • bernard....robert lonsdale
  • boy....ceallach spellman

    directed by Claire Grove

  • mary....anna-marie heslop
  • mr herd....maloclm tierney
  • mrs hall....Jill Cardo
  • steph....Becky Hindley
  • terry....Gunnar Cauthery
  • tom....Edmund Davies

  • SP2009011020100925

    Walter, now a lonely pensioner, is put forward for a house share by his support worker.

    Update on the 1982 by David Cook, starring Ian Mckellen as Walter, a man with learning difficulties.

    Walter is now a pensioner, living alone in a hostel.

    His support worker puts him forward for a house share with three other people, all of whom are half his age.

    Will they accept him and will he be able to cope with independent living?

    Walter....Ian Mckellen

  • bernard....robert lonsdale
  • boy....ceallach spellman

    directed by Claire Grove

  • mary....anna-marie heslop
  • mr herd....maloclm tierney
  • mrs hall....Jill Cardo
  • steph....Becky Hindley
  • terry....Gunnar Cauthery
  • tom....Edmund Davies