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The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (2006)

TV Movie  |   |  Biography  |  16 October 2006 (UK)
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In 19th century Victorian England, Mrs. Isabella Beeton produced what became an essential book for housewives of the day. She was married at a relatively young age to Sam Beeton, a ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Madeley ...
Sam Beeton
Henry Dorling
Elizabeth Dorling
Siobhan Hayes ...
Anne - the Maid
Fred Greenwood
Liz Kettle ...
John Albasiny ...
M. Goubard
Pierre Becker ...
French Assistant
Blonde Woman
Tim Preece ...
Dr. Ramsey
Philip Anthony ...
Dr. Oliver
Rupert Wickham ...
Dr. Winchester
Maureen Bennett ...


In 19th century Victorian England, Mrs. Isabella Beeton produced what became an essential book for housewives of the day. She was married at a relatively young age to Sam Beeton, a publisher of books and magazines on a variety of subjects. Not someone to sit at home in the traditional role of a housewife, Mrs. Beeton started work in her husband's business, initially as an editor correcting English but then writing some of the columns herself. It as at this point that she developed an idea for a cookbook and Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management was born. Her life was not an easy one however. The publishing business went bankrupt, she lost two children at a young age and had several miscarriages. She died at the age of 28. Written by garykmcd

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25 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of those strange movies where you can tell that someone who wanted to put in the effort could have done a much better job. Instead, the filmmakers went ahead with a really awful script and decided not to bother themselves with too many historic details. The dialogue is clearly meant to inform the ignorant about the era, but reveals very little about the inner lives of the characters. Further, despite much hand wringing about the proper roles of women at the time, we are treated to situations such as 1. open-mouthed kissing between an unmarried, upper-class couple 2. an obviously pregnant matron traveling in the city and 3. a lady repeatedly walking the streets of London at night unescorted. Finally, this film has far too little information about the actual domestic life of women that Mrs. Beeton sought to address, chamber-pots, hand-washed laundry, and all. A real disappointment to anyone interested in Mrs. Beeton's book.

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