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A revealing biopic about politician Mo Mowlam.

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Philip Martin

Writer:

Neil McKay
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Mo Mowlam
Emma Cambridge Emma Cambridge ... Ellen
David Haig ... Jon Norton
Lucy Boynton ... Henrietta Norton
Tony Maudsley ... Peter Kilfoyle
Gary Lewis ... Adam Ingram
Rebekah Staton ... Kate
Steven Mackintosh ... Peter Mandelson
Stella Gonet Stella Gonet ... Dr Susi Strang
Toby Jones ... Dr Mark Glaser
Cathy White Cathy White ... Radiographer
Katie Cecil Katie Cecil ... Jo
Helena Bereen ... Elderly Woman
Adrian Dunbar ... David Trimble
Billy Clarke Billy Clarke ... Harold Gracey
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When the Blair government takes office in 1997 the difficult job of Secretary of state for Northern Ireland, trying to broker peace between sectarian factions, goes to Dr. Marjorie Mowlam, known as 'Mo'. With her no nonsense attitude, rough language and liking for a drunk - not to mention the odd flasher's moment - she is equal to any man and totally committed to her role. However she has cancer. The chemotherapy gives her hair loss and she plays on this to defuse situations with humour. Unfortunately the cancer is malignant and will kill her within a few years but Mo keeps this fact quiet in order to see through her Northern Irish task. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Language:

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Release Date:

31 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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Stereo

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Julie Walters shaved her head to reproduce Mo Mowlam's hair loss due to the tumour, but she had to leave a small strip at the back for Mo's various wigs to be attached to. See more »

Goofs

When she is Hillsborough for the first time it must be around 1997. The car that pulls into the drive is a Ford Mondeo Mk 3 which was not produced until 2000. See more »

Quotes

[Mo Mowlam and Adam Ingram arrive at a meeting of the Protestant Orangemen who want to stage a march past a staunchly Catholic housing estate]
Adam Ingram: Should I try telling them I've got a season ticket to Ibrox?
Mo Mowlam: Well, at least you're a Prod, Adam, and a bloke. I bet this is the first time there's ever been a fanny in the building.
[as they walk in there is heckling and jeering]
Mo Mowlam: I take that back - the place is *full* of cunts.
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Featured in Grierson 2010: The British Documentary Awards (2010) See more »

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A Brilliant Autobiography Drama of Mo Mowlems life in Government!
2 February 2010 | by tadjadblSee all my reviews

Great T.V. As the other reviewers have noted I totally agree in all accounts. Completely moving. If this doesn't win a BAFTA ill eat my words! Julie Waters put on an excellent performance for what i can say 'An angel of modern politics.' Mo Mowlems put everything in to her political life as did Julie Walters in this drama. Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry and angry how she was treated by the male chauvinism of Blair and Mandleson. Julie had Mo to a tea with the work she did for the people of Northen Ireland. It was painful to watch her decline on screen as it was in real life. Adam Ingram her aide for the secretary for state was in tears as he had to relive the last days. All credit to the other actors and writers of this drama. And I'm sure there will have to be a statue of her honour in Northen Ireland and Westminster too. A true modern stateswoman.


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