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 ...
Martin Wenner ...
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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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The title is taken from the song of the same name by Andy Fairweather Low. See more »


[Deric is sitting with Diana in hospital]
Diana Longden: Go and have a smoke.
Deric Longden: I don't want one.
Diana Longden: You're not missing much.
Deric Longden: [kisses Diana] Oh, I don't know.
Diana Longden: Well go and have a beer then.
Deric Longden: I don't want a beer either.
Diana Longden: Well screw one of the nurses.
Deric Longden: Oh, all right (!)
Diana Longden: Only the one, mind - you've a train to catch.
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Followed by Lost for Words (1999) See more »

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An excellent film about life and life.
17 April 2001 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Wedding Gift" tells of a heroic couple's coming to grips with a crippling disease which slowly erodes the wife's health and stumps medical professionals. Believing her death to be imminent and out of love for her husband, the wife prearranges a replacement for herself. "TWG" is a well assembled, scripted, and acted British film with the look of an 8mm shoot based on a true story of a victim of a mysterious affliction which has since come to be known as chronic fatigue and immune dysfunction syndrome. Not a downer flick, "TWG" is full of life and humor and an excellent watch for anyone, especially those with an affinity for British films.

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