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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Aspect Ratio:

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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Wide-Eyed and Legless AKA The Wedding Gift
26 December 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Showing as The Wedding Gift on Showtime Women currently. I was only able to find this by searching for Jim Broadbent knowing his character name and a rough time of when it was released. Just one year off from what it is being marketed as by Showtime.

Although a bit offbeat, the story was compelling and the actors did well in making it believable.

This is not the first Series Episode to take on a new life as a TV Movie. Often Movies are made by editing several Episodes into a a Movie size film. When Episodes are chopped into Movies their origins become obscure, as these often make no mention of the Series they were pulled from. Screen One seems to have planned this for its future with ninety minute episodes of different stories and actors for each.

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