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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 »

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Northern Ireland, UK See more »

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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

During the scene in the salon trying on the wigs, Robbie Williams was singing "Angels" on the radio, which wasn't released as a single until December 1997 (and the album "Life Thru A Lens" was released in September 1997). See more »

Quotes

[Mo Mowlam has just been on the phone to Reverend Ian Paisley]
Mo Mowlam: Paisley says there are terrorists and at least one homosexual in the building.
Adam Ingram: Well we'd better get Security onto that one. Is he sure there's only *one*?
[they laugh]
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Connections

Featured in Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014) See more »

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An amazing actress plays an amazing woman
1 February 2010 | by Marz_BarzSee all my reviews

I've always thought Julie Walters was amazing and loved Mo Mowlam, so the channel 4 drama 'Mo' really was the perfect combination. it was sad, tragic, happy, funny and showed that Mo was a very funny and quick witted lady, even during her illness Julie Walters Performance was spot on and shows why she one of the best loved actresses in Britain, this can't have been an easy role to get right, playing a real person must be hard enough, but playing a much loved woman who changed so many things and went through so much must have made it ten times harder, but she pulled it of, the whole cast was amazing but Julie truly was the star of the show, in the two hours, i cried, i laughed, and a learnt a lot more about the truly amazing woman Mo was, everyone involved should be so proud and I'm sure Mo Mowlam would of been too, if TV dramas in 2010 are as good and moving as this, we are in for a great year of TV


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