DVD & Blu-ray: It Always Rains on Sunday (PG)

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"I wish there was no such place as Bethnal Green," laments Googie Withers' barmaid, Rose, in this beautifully composed slice of 1947 Ealing melodrama.

Rose is married to solid-but-dull George and has a fractious relationship with her step daughters (Patricia Plunkett and the lovely Susan Shaw). However, her monotonous life is disrupted by the appearance of rotter Tommy Swann (John McCallum), a former lover who has escaped from prison and is heading to her unhappy home. Withers excels in Robert Hamer's tense movie.