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Greatest Days (Cert: 12A)

Featuring the hit songs of British pop icons Take That and adapted from the smash stage show by the writer of Calendar Girls, Greatest Days is an epic movie musical that marries the heartfelt story of a group of women who grew up loving a boyband with a series of fantastical song and dance sequences that take us from 1930s MGM-style musicals to Magic Mike-style modern moves, set to the songs of one of the UK’s most successful and loved musical acts.

The Greatest Days

Growing up in Clitheroe in Lancashire in 1993, 16-year-old Rachel (Lara McDonnell) and her gang of four best friends – Debbie (Jessie Mae Alonzo), Claire (Carragon Guest), Zoe (Nandi Hudson) and Heather (Eliza Dobson) – idolise the boyband they tune in religiously every week to watch on Top Of The Pops.

In times of trouble, Rachel even summons the Boys – played by Aaron Bryan, Dalvin Sol, Joshua Jung, Mark Samaras and Mervin Noronha – from her imagination and into her reality. And when the Boys appear, the world around the girls comes alive, magical realism turning their mundane surroundings into glorious musical numbers, all choreographed to brilliantly reimagined new versions of Take That’s biggest songs, including Never Forget, Back For Good, Shine, Rule The World, Greatest Days and many more.

After a life-changing event sees the young girls go their separate ways, they reunite 25 years later, when Rachel (played in this other timeline by Aisling Bea) wins a local radio competition to see the boys on their reunion tour in Greece. Inviting the older Claire (Jayde Adams), Zoe (Amaka Okafor) and Heather (Alice Lowe) along for the ride, Rachel and her old pals’ journey to the Greek capital of Athens on a vibrant and hilarious musical odyssey that will see them get into scrapes, face up to old demons, and discover that their greatest days may yet be ahead of them.

It’s testament to Take That, the British pop legends who have sold over 14 million albums in a career that, over 33 years, has featured 28 top 40 singles and eight Brit awards amongst a host of other accolades, that they never wanted this film to be about them. Instead, they insisted it be about the people they say are ultimately responsible for their myriad successes – their fans.


Coky Giedroyc is a British, critically acclaimed film and television director who, in 2021, won best drama series Bafta for SAVE ME TOO - a thriller made for Sky TV written by and starring Lennie James and Stephen Graham. She directed HOW TO BUILD A GIRL - a film based on the semi-autobiographical book by Caitlin Moran and starring Beanie Feldstein which won the International Critics Award at the Toronto Film Festival in 2019 and was released summer 2020


Tim Firth is best known for the films CALENDAR GIRLS and KINKY BOOTS, and his work for theatre including the Olivier award winning musical ‘Our House’. His musical ‘This Is My Family’ won the UK Theatre award and his most recent, ‘Now Is Good’, was nominated for the same award in 2022.

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