The Evacuees

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The Evacuees is a 1975 play written by Jack Rosenthal and directed by Alan Parker for the BBC. It was broadcast by BBC2 on 5 March 1975 [1] with a repeat on BBC2 25 December 1975 [2] and again on BBC1 on 13 April 1976. [3]


It was broadcast again on BBC Four, on 16 September 2020; the continuity announcer stated it was a "freshly restored print."

Starring Rosenthal's wife, Maureen Lipman, The Evacuees won a BAFTA for Best Play [4] and an International Emmy.

The film was released on DVD as part of a collection of Rosenthal's work for the BBC, by Acorn Media on 4 April 2011.


The filmed play is set during the Blitz. Loosely based on Rosenthal's personal experiences, it centres on the lives of two Jewish boys, Neville and Danny, who are evacuated from Manchester to Blackpool. [5]


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  1. "The Evacuees". 5 March 1975. p. 51 via BBC Genome.
  2. "The Evacuees". 25 December 1975. p. 51 via BBC Genome.
  3. "The Evacuees". 13 April 1976. p. 35 via BBC Genome.
  4. "1976 Television Single Play | BAFTA Awards".
  5. "The Evacuees (1975)". BFI.