To the delight of her boss and colleagues, Doris Wood, "one of the best weavers in Lancashire", is all set to return to work at Mather Street Mills in Bolton - that is, until her blind husband, Jack, throws a spanner in the works. This concise family drama reaches far beyond its official scope to address such issues as gender stereotypes, post-war economics and disability.
Shot at Shepperton Studios, London, and on location in Bolton, Lancashire Hot Pot was one of a spate of films sponsored by the Ministry of Labour in the immediate post-war period to encourage women into the workplace and keep the wheels of industry turning. Considering the film uses non-actors, the performances are surprisingly commendable. The similarly themed film Cotton Come Back (1946) is also available of BFI Player.