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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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Storyline

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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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

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: [angrily] If you want a friend in politics, buy a fucking dog!
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Connections

Featured in Breakfast: Episode dated 7 June 2010 (2010) See more »

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Entertaining, tragic and incredibly poignant, amazing biographical drama with a mesmerising lead performance
4 February 2010 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Mo Mowlam was a truly amazing and inspirational woman, even during her illness she managed to be her funny, quick-witted and inspiring self. This biographical drama from start to finish was sublime, entertaining in some spots but incredibly poignant mostly. The camera work is stunning, the direction from Phillip Martin is excellent and the scripting is honest and packs a real emotional punch. But I thought it was the acting that really drove this drama. While Gary Lewis, Steven MacKintosh, Emma Cambridge and Adrian Dunbar all turn in great work, the acting honours without a doubt come from Julie Walters as Mo. I love Walters, I have always considered her an amazing actress, and she was above mesmerising here, a truly moving and insightful performance. Also the ending had me in tears, I have rarely been emotionally wrecked by a drama on television. Overall, this was wonderful, if you haven't seen it already have a box of tissues at the ready. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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