Mother Love (1989)

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A British yuppie couple have a presumably idyllic existence. Yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - an eccentric, and possibly, difficult mother-in-law. Her odd behavior is ... See full summary »

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 Helena Vesey (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Kit Vesey (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Alex Vesey (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Angela Vesey / ... (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Emily (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Young Helena (4 episodes, 1989)
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 Leo (4 episodes, 1989)
Amelia Shankley ...
 Harriet (4 episodes, 1989)
Liliana Komorowska ...
 Danuta (3 episodes, 1989)
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 Ruth Vesey (2 episodes, 1989)
James Grout ...
 George Batt (2 episodes, 1989)
Rob Edwards ...
 Consultant (2 episodes, 1989)
Elizabeth Ash ...
 Vicky (2 episodes, 1989)
Natasha Byrne ...
 Rachel Turner (2 episodes, 1989)
Anna Price ...
 Maureen (2 episodes, 1989)
Cordelia Roche ...
 Jordan Tennyson-Vesey (2 episodes, 1989)
Rebecca Sabin ...
 Lavinia / ... (2 episodes, 1989)
Claire Shepherd ...
 Laura / ... (2 episodes, 1989)
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A British yuppie couple have a presumably idyllic existence. Yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - an eccentric, and possibly, difficult mother-in-law. Her odd behavior is confirmed in a series of incidents involving her ex-husband, a concert musician, and her ex-husband's new wife, an artist. Flashbacks reveal bits of her troubled past. Little by little, the young couple's life begins to fall apart and the mother-in-law begins to act out her feelings of intense jealousy in the form of revenge, implicating a dear old friend, and leading to murder. Written by <rworrel@ibm.net>

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Helena Vesey: You were the worst of them. The worst. And the cleverest. And the cruelest!
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One of the best mini-series ever
29 December 2003 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Diana Rigg, playing Helena, has the performance of her life here as the tightly wound mother of the title who gradually comes to the realization that her ex-husband, whom she despises, has been secretly seeing her son for years behind her back.

Through a series of flashbacks we see Helena, as a child, committing a horrendous crime when she perceives disloyalty from her best friend. Disloyalty to Helena is one of the worse things one can do.

When she accidentally discovers that her cousin George has been disloyal, she punishes him also so that he winds up in jail for a crime he did not commit.

To the world Helena is perfectly groomed and poised but underneath she is a seething mass of resentment, barely contained until one final incident sends her over the top into a raging frenzy - "I gave you life and I can take it away". Chilling.

Everything about this series is perfect, the rest of the cast (David McCallum,James Wilby, James Grout, Isla Blair) are superb also. Wonderful script. Not a false note. The tension just builds and builds until at the end you feel you have run a marathon.

10 out of 10.


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