Real Women (1998– )

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Series cast summary:
 Anna (3 episodes, 1998)
Jane Gurnett ...
 Chris (3 episodes, 1998)
Toni Palmer ...
 Doreen (3 episodes, 1998)
Darren Kempson ...
 Jason (3 episodes, 1998)
 Mandy (3 episodes, 1998)
Michelle Collins ...
 Susie (3 episodes, 1998)
Gwyneth Strong ...
 Janet (3 episodes, 1998)
Gary Webster ...
 Steve (3 episodes, 1998)
Peter-Hugo Daly ...
 Barry (3 episodes, 1998)
 Karen (3 episodes, 1998)
Debbie Arnold ...
 Lyndsay (2 episodes, 1998)
Adrienne Posta ...
 Babs (2 episodes, 1998)


Born and brought in London, five friends are reunited for three days, until one of them gets married. Sitting at their hen night, the friends recollect their thoughts and look towards the future. Mandy, the family-girl who indulges herself with other men, Janet, the troubled wife who is desperate to conceive, Anna, a writer who is determined to fulfill true happiness, Karen, the teacher who has trouble "coming-out" and Susie, the bride-to-be who has a background she'd like to keep in the past. Going through hard times and succeeding the good times, the five friends go through and survive. Based on the novel by Susan Oudot. Written by Andrew Robertson <>

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Followed by Real Women II (1999) See more »


When a Man Loves a Woman
Written by Calvin Lewis and Andrew Wright
Performed by Percy Sledge
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Funny, Passionate and Emotional!
12 June 2001 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Monday were something to look forward too. Sitting on the luxurious sofa, with big bags of crisps and over-sized bottles of wines, I truly looked forward to a Monday evening. Then a programme came on. A programme which touched me with its emotion, humour and passion. Real Women. A story of five friends who were born and brought up in London, each going to their ways. Marriage and work separated them, but when news of Susie's (Michelle Collins) wedding gets out, the 'mates' are rejoined to catch up from the past and look towards the future. Mandy (Pauline Quirke), the mother, Anna (Frances Barber), the one who apparently has it all, Janet (Gwyneth Strong) the struggling wife, Karen (Lesley Manville), the listener and Susie, the wife-to-be.

Truly amazing. Its a three-part soap which will make any family want to watch it, over and over again!

With an all-star cast and superb direction, Real Women is a programme which is quite simply...excellent!

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