Screen Two: Season 9, Episode 1

The Clothes in the Wardrobe (20 Dec. 1993)

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Boy meets Girl in Egypt. Girl is profoundly affected and returns to England where she apathetically becomes engaged to the 'boy' next door. A thoroughly unsuited couple. Lili, an old family... See full summary »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Padraig O'Loinsigh ...
Nour (as Padraig Casey)
Britta Smith ...
Mother Joseph
Pierre Sioufi ...
Sherine El Ansari ...
Gypsy Girl
Mrs. Monro
Annabel Burton ...
Margaret as a Child
Maggie Steed ...
Mrs. Raffald
Gallery Owner
Tommy Duggan ...


Boy meets Girl in Egypt. Girl is profoundly affected and returns to England where she apathetically becomes engaged to the 'boy' next door. A thoroughly unsuited couple. Lili, an old family friend arrives for the nuptials and enchants all and sundry, including the wife of one of her previous liaisons. Lili sees what the groom and the brides mother refuse to see and manages to resolve the situation to the brides great satisfaction. Written by SAK Farmer

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england | egypt | based on novel | See All (3) »


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20 December 1993 (USA)  »

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$2,106,846 (USA)

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Monica: You're supposed to wish the bride happiness.
Lili: Happiness? Good God! No one should ever expect happiness from marriage. A few quiet moments, perhaps, if one is lucky... and an occasional day that doesn't incite you to murder.
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Referenced in Hype! (1996) See more »

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Charming Catalyst
27 December 2000 | by (Wellington New Zealand) – See all my reviews

This story can take a bit of work in places, and needs your full attention, but it is worth it. There are scenes in Egypt that are not overly clear or explained but are responsible for the state of mind of the young bride in the story.

Through an acute case of apathy, Margaret has become engaged to the boy next door (David Threlfall). He is not however every mothers dream for her daughter in fact even his own Mother (Joan Plowright) is less than enthused about him on occasion.

The wedding is planned and guests start arriving in town. One of these is the exotic Lili (Jeanne Moreau), an old friend of the brides mother (Julie Walters). She spends her time prior to the wedding with Margaret and her mother and also reacquainting herself with the grooms mother (Joan Plowright). The latter objective having a little awkward history behind it.

The relationship that develops between these two veteran actors is a delight to watch. I have not seen Joan Plowright in anything where I haven't enjoyed her performance.

Lili has already decided that this wedding is a big mistake. Even the bride knows this. So steps should perhaps be taken to prevent it. The denouement brought about by Lili is magic, but then Lili is a most charming catalyst.

It would be easy to like this story simply because of the resolution that Lili brings to the problem, it is indeed unforgettable. But the movie is more than that. The title refers to Nuns habits. Literally. The custom was to wear one have one in the wash and one in the wardrobe. This is how Lili discovers what sort of bride Margaret really wants to be.

I found that I couldn't empathise with the bride in this story, how can you relate to someone who would allow themselves to marry the obnoxious Syl Munro (David Threlfall), but I revelled in the performance of Lili.

Watch and Enjoy

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