Seeing Red, a British TV movie from 2000, is currently available on YouTube. The 22 year old film stars Sarah Lancashire in a story based on true events in the life of actress Coral Atkins.
Seeing Red is not a hot property that everyone must see. But for Sarah Lancashire super fans like me, it’s not something you get access to very often. If you’re interested, take a look quickly because you never know if it will be pulled off YouTube without notice.
The story is set in 1970. Coral Atkins was a successful TV actress. She was a single mom with a young son.
As publicity for her show, she went to visit a children’s home. While she was there she saw a child being abused.
For seemingly inexplicable reasons, seeing that abused child made Coral want to open a home for disturbed children. She undertook it on her own. She was soon run up against red tape, bureaucracy, and legal requirements.
She did everything required and tried again. Finally she was able to bring troubled children into the home and begin caring for them. There were all sorts of emotional traumas in the children she cared for. Her innate empathy, determination, and love helped them all.
Slowly, through Coral’s nightmares and talks with her therapist, she began to realize why she cared so much about these troubled children. She’d suffered her own trauma as a young child during WWII and had suppressed it.
Later, Coral Atkins went on to become a psychotherapist herself.
The film on YouTube hasn’t been restored and it shows a bit of wear, but it does let you learn about Coral Atkins and see a younger Sarah Lancashire in action.