Unexpected events occur over a long weekend when Pat, a glamorous British born star of American soaps, returns home to plug her auto biography 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 auto biography 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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Victoria Wood later stated that she found herself to share similar characteristics with Pat (Julie Walters) and found that character much more relatable. However, Wood felt that Walters would be more successful in the portrayal of Pat, and so instead took the part of the shy, timid Margaret. See more »


Referenced in Comedy Connections: Dinnerladies (2006) See more »

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A Feast of Fun
27 December 2000 | by (Wellington New Zealand) – See all my reviews

Thoroughly enjoyable, classic Victoria Wood. This woman is extremely talented. I have long enjoyed her stand-up comedy shows on the TV, and her half hour skits. She is surrounded by a wealth of talent in her circle of friends as well, with most of them turning up in her work. Celia Imrie is a favourite and in this production plays an enchanting, somewhat dithery, pregnant PA to Julie Walters Soap Icon. I don't know if she actually was pregnant at the time but she certainly looked it (other than the obvious cushion up her jumper) Anne Reid is another VW regular along with Duncan Preston, these both had marvellous roles. Julie Walters does what she does well and has done before in a Victoria Wood production, the VIP star who must have all the adoration and accolade due her. When she and the frumpy frizz haired Margaret meet on live TV it is not an event welcomed overly much by either. Pat wants to send Margaret home, and indeed Margaret wants to go back to her roadside café and mates, but events are taken out of their hands and they must spend the next few days together during which time they get reacquainted.

The side issues are Margarets relationship with Jim her illiterate boyfriend who still lives very much under the thumb of his mother (Thora Hird) and Pat and Margarets mother who needs to be found by them before the press catch up with her. Throw in Celia Imrie and her hormonal abberations and it is a feast of fun.

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