Screen One: Season 5, Episode 1

Wide-Eyed and Legless (5 Sep. 1993)

TV Episode  |  PG-13  |   |  Comedy, Crime, Drama
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The movie chronicles the struggles of Deric and Diana Longden, a happily married couple who try to cope with Diana's inexplicable degenerative disease which causes occasional paralysis of ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Diana Longden
Thora Hird ...
Sian Thomas ...
Dinah Handley ...
Hospital Receptionist
Peter Whitfield ...
Candida Rundle ...
Andrew Nicholson ...
Young Doctor
Graham Turner ...
Andrew Lancel ...
Nick Longden
Ann Rye ...
Moya Brady ...
Carry Clubb ...
Factory Girl
Saima Chaudry ...
Factory Girl


The movie chronicles the struggles of Deric and Diana Longden, a happily married couple who try to cope with Diana's inexplicable degenerative disease which causes occasional paralysis of her extremities and periodic blackouts. One day, while attending a literary luncheon, Deric meets Aileen Armitage, a woman novelist with whom he strikes up a close friendship. Diana soon discover their relationship and calls Aileen, asking to meet her. Written by Soulski

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Release Date:

5 September 1993 (UK)  »

Box Office


$214,380 (USA)

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1.85 : 1
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Released in North America as "The Wedding Gift" onto VHS and later onto DVD. See more »


[Andy Fairweather-Low's "Wide-Eyed and Legless" is playing on the car radio]
Diana Longden: They're playing my song. Turn it up.
[Deric and Diana sing enthusiastically but raucously]
Diana Longden: I'd like you to play this at my funeral.
Deric Longden: I don't trust you - you'd get up and start singing the bugger.
Diana Longden: Think many people'll come?
Deric Longden: Not with your voice.
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Followed by Lost for Words (1999) See more »

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Powerful, beautiful- a great love story
7 August 2004 | by (Somerset, England) – See all my reviews

One of Jack Rosenthal's most effective dramas. This is a beautiful story of the love of two people, one with a mystery illness, the other with an ailing business. Julie Walters and Jim Broadbent play the roles to perfection, supported by an excellent cast, starring the indomitable Thora Hird as Broadbent's batty mum.

The direction by Richard Loncraine switches from domestic comedy to hospital drama effortlessly, making this one of the most rewarding 90 minutes you are ever likely to see on the TV. You will wince as Julie Walters struggles to thread a needle - and applaud as she tries to walk down the aisle at her son's wedding. A consummate performance by a great actress.

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