Bella and the Boys
Bella and the Boys is a one-off British
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 drama, produced by the independent production company Century Films for the BBC
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 and originally screened on the BBC Two
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 network on 15 February 2004. Eighty minutes in length, the drama was written and directed by Brian Hill, and starred Billie Piper
Billie Piper
Billie Paul Piper is an English singer and actress.She began her career in the late 1990s as a pop singer and then switched to acting. She started in acting and dancing and was talent spotted at the Sylvia Young stage school by Smash Hits magazine who wanted a "face" for their magazine...

, Tom Burke
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 and Freddie Cunliffe
Freddie Cunliffe
Freddie Cunliffe is a young British television/film actor. He has had minor TV and film roles over the years, and is best known for his work on the BBC's one-off drama Bella and the Boys, in which he played the role of Martin opposite Billie Piper as Bella.Another TV role was in The Bill, in which...


The story surrounds the lives of three residents of a children's care home, Bella (Piper), Lee (Burke) and Martin (Cunliffe). They meet up thirteen years after having left the home for the manager's retirement celebration, and the meeting sparks off various reminiscences about their time together, both good and bad, and what has happened to them in the intervening years.

The programme was produced and screened as part of the BBC's Taking Care season, a strand of programmes across their various radio and television services examining the life children in care face in the UK.

External links

  • Bella and the Boys at the Internet Movie Database
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