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Fear of Fanny (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 23 October 2006
The bizarre tale of Fanny Cradock, Britain's famous and maligned TV chef from 50s to the 70s.




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Cast overview, first billed only:
Fanny Cradock
Johnnie Cradock
Steven O'Neill ...
Phil Nice ...
Gas Fitter
Simon Greenall ...
TV Executive
Floor Manager
TV Executive's Wife
Dan Farson
Nathan Shomer ...


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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How on earth can anyone call this dull?!
24 October 2006 | by See all my reviews

This was a great show about a deeply insecure woman with intense emotional problems. The show catalogued a lifetime of pretence and despair and the pain she inflicted on others most notably her daughter in law.

I wasn't old enough to see her shows the first time but I remember the infamous blue boiled eggs and the green mashed potatoes as well as other equally hideous food.

Her treatment of the dying Johnny when she couldn't even bring herself to visit him in hospital seemed especially harsh but Fanny suffered from her own demons which seemed to torment her constantly.

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