- Title Pages
- List of plates
- Series editors’ foreword
- Introduction: ‘You’ve gotta laugh’
- 1 ‘Really wants to direct’: formative years
- 2 ‘A kind of language’: <i>Bleak Moments</i>
- 3 ‘A long time in the womb’: the TV films
- 4 ‘A different world’: <i>High Hopes</i>
- 5 ‘So long as you’re happy’: <i>Life Is Sweet</i>
- 6 ‘The future is now’: <i>Naked</i>
- 7 ‘Welcome to the family’: <i>Secrets and Lies</i>
- 8 ‘All these memories’: <i>Career Girls</i>
- 9 ‘Laughter – tears – curtain’: <i>Topsy-Turvy</i>
- 10 ‘Life's too short’: <i>All or Nothing</i>
- 11 ‘Out of the kindness of her heart’: <i>Vera Drake</i>
- Conclusion ‘The journey continues’
- Select bibliography
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