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Can't Buy Me Love (2004)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  13 December 2004 (UK)
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Alan pretends he has won the lottery to make sure his wife, Donna, isn't about to leave him even though Alan also has a mistress named Gilly. Alan cons everyone from car firms to building ... See full summary »

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Alan Harris
Michelle Collins ...
Donna Harris
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Car Salesman
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Cavan Clerkin ...
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DC Wicks
Charles Collingwood ...
Victor
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David Crow ...
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Steve Edwin ...
Clive
Jo-Anne Knowles ...
Gilly Thwaite (as Jo Anne Knowles)
Daniel Kruyer ...
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Alan pretends he has won the lottery to make sure his wife, Donna, isn't about to leave him even though Alan also has a mistress named Gilly. Alan cons everyone from car firms to building societies he's won the lottery. Will it all end in tears when the truth comes out? Written by Anonymous

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Based on the true story of Howard Walmsley, who convinced his wife Kathy he had won the lottery. See more »

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Interesting story, though strangely not so interesting to watch
18 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

STAR RATING:*****Unmissable****Very Good***Okay**You Could Go Out For A Meal Instead*Avoid At All Costs

Alan Harris (Martin Kemp) is a painter and decorator who lives with his wife Donna (Michelle Collins) and their young daughter.However,he's riddled with money problems and his marriage is starting to bear the strain of it.In desperation,he tells Donna a massive lie-that he's won the jackpot on the National Lottery!For a while,through pulling various scams and the other,he is able to live the high life and splash out waddles of cash he doesn't have,but eventually,inevitably,the truth catches up with him...

It's funny,because I recorded this the night it was on and didn't watch it till the Friday later-during which time I watched a programme on the same channel,ITV1,which featured the story this TV movie is based on and didn't realize until then that it was actually a true story.It's certainly the most implausible true story I've ever come across.And it was another true story that Martin Kemp head-billed,following on from his turn as the murderous George Smith in The Brides in the Bath.It seems,in his post East Enders career,if he's not helping DFS or Abbey National flog merchandise and offers,he's taking the lead in true story dramas from ITV!He's better than I thought he'd be and certainly not as wooden as the trailer would have suggested.In the supporting role,Collins has a well-written part but she,like everything else on display,just fails to add much interest to the proceedings.Everything about it just feels so stilted and lifeless that it just fails to engage the attention much at all.It's certainly an interesting story to make a TV movie out of,and had it been a bit more daring and had more of an edge to it,it could have been really great.As it is,it passes as nothing more than a mildly diverting piece of fluff.**


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