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Fear of Fanny (2006)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama  -  23 October 2006 (UK)
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The bizarre tale of Fanny Cradock, Britain's famous and maligned TV chef from 50s to the 70s.

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Fanny Cradock
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Johnnie Cradock
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Derek
Steven O'Neill ...
Simon
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Gas Fitter
Paul Chahidi ...
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Simon Greenall ...
TV Executive
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TV Executive's Wife
Nicholas Burns ...
Christopher
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Nicky
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Jane
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Dan Farson
Nathan Shomer ...
Julian
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In the black and white days of post-war British television, Fanny Cradock, with her painted-on eyebrows and excessive make-up, is a colourful figure in every sense, even dyeing the food to make it show up on monochrome sets. But she is also something of a tyrant, disowning her son Chris because she disapproves of his wife, so that even her long-suffering husband and co-presenter Johnnie is powerless to intervene. Fanny's come-uppance comes about when she belittles a competition winner over her choice of menu in a television reality show. Audience disgust at Fanny's over-bearing treatment of Devon housewife Gwen provokes such a backlash that the television company sacks her. After Johnnie's death, she ends up as a resident, still trying to order the cooking, in a retirement home. Written by don @ minifie-1

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dull, dull, dull
24 October 2006 | by (Exeter, England) – See all my reviews

As a piece of drama this offered absolutely nothing in terms of interest or entertainment. Actors all did a fairly solid job but the script and the narrative where derivative, unexciting and dull. Let's face it, the public perception of Craddock was what made her interesting, the reality was that she was just a ghastly old drag queen who really isn't worth the time this film invests in her.

To add to this because I have to write at least ten lines of waffle, her cooking was pretty gruesome too. It was the stench of the upper middle classes offering advice to the great unwashed that was the Craddock-style (and the BBC at the time) and an hour and a half remembrance of a thoroughly dislikable and untalented Daily Telegraph writer is a total waste of British taxpayers money. ( Paid for by the licence fee which of course is a flat tax on all British households). The BBC should find better things to waste our money on.


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