Unexpected events occur over a long weekend when Pat, a glamorous British born star of American soaps, returns home to plug her autobiography on television and meets, for the first time ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Margaret Mottershead
Pat Bedford
Duncan Preston ...
Jim's Mother
Don Henderson ...
Lynda Rooke ...
Jan Alphonse ...
Amanda Pointer ...
Helper in Old Age Home
Gabrielle Blunt ...
Old Lady in Home
Philip Lowrie ...
Martin - Warm-Up Man
Charles Pemberton ...


Unexpected events occur over a long weekend when Pat, a glamorous British born star of American soaps, returns home to plug her autobiography on television and meets, for the first time since they were teenagers, Margaret her plain, fat and frumpy younger sister. The meeting is painful for both sisters highlighting the vast differences in their lives and resurrecting painful memories of their unhappy childhood with their uncaring mother. The tabloid press smell a juicy story and a race ensues to trace the current whereabouts of the long lost errant mother... Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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11 September 1994 (UK)  »

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In the original script, Pat's PA Claire was not pregnant - 'Victoria Wood' wrote the pregnancy into the script to accommodate Celia Imrie's real-life pregnancy. See more »


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Victoria Wood's genius at it's very best.
27 October 2015 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I absolutely adore this movie. It's Wood and Walters at their very very best. The chemistry, the flow, the timing, it's perfection pure and simple. As famous Hollywood soap actress Pat flies in to the UK from LA to promote her autobiography on a TV show, little does she know that the producers have a surprise for her. Among the studio audience watching the taping of the show is a group of motorway service staff who have hired a coach to enjoy a day out. As Pat waits in the wings for the presenter to introduce her, she is horrified to discover that instead of discussing her book, a family reunion is taking place instead as Pat's long forgotten sister Margaret is announced as being an audience member. With both sisters stunned at the announcement Pat goes into full professional mode and comes out smiling, arms open to hug Margaret. The moment the cameras stop rolling it's another story. She doesn't want to know her, or speak to her and rejects her totally. Fate plays a hand as the sisters are forced to work together to find their dreadful mother Vera who abandoned them as young girls, when a nosy journalist keen for a bit of scandal starts digging into their backgrounds ! The usual players one associates with a Wood production are all here. The fabulous Celia Imrie, Duncan Preston, Ann Reid are wonderful with Thora Hird in particular deserving of praise for her role as the odious mother of Margaret's boyfriend Jim. Heartily recommend to anyone who has yet to see this. A modern up to date remake if done well could be a huge success such is the strength and excellence of the story.

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