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(2009 TV Movie)

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  • Part One:- Alice and David Chaplin and their children move to a gated private housing estate where status is all-important. Queen Bee Ffion, who addresses her daughter in French even in shops, sets the snobby standard and Alice is alarmed at the parents'competition to get their daughters into the fashionable Chelsea college rather than the despised local comprehensive school. Sarah McDonald even gets a job as school secretary to be close to the action. The fact remains that Alice's daughter Molly is no academic, scoring a measly 38 per cent in her dummy run entry exam for Chelsea. Alice panics, foreseeing a life of prostitution for her daughter and decides she will impersonate Molly and take the exam herself. She narrowly avoids Ffion in a store where she is trying on teenage dresses but David reckons she still looks like a 30-year-old pretending to look 11 and so she goes for a dowdy, anonymous look when she enters the hall to sit the exam. Even Ffion fails to recognize her. Meanwhile Molly has been kept at home, supposedly poorly, whilst David supervises her taking the exam. Alice takes a deep breath but her heart sinks when she turns over the dreaded Maths paper.

    - Written by don @ minifie-1
  • Part Two (broadcast June 18, 2009) :- Alice passes the Maths paper when another entrant Ruby, who pities her, slips her the answers and she gains Molly a place at Chelsea College,nonetheless feeling guilty, especially when she runs into Ruby and finds that she has not got into the college. She lets Ruby, who lives in a noisy flat, study at her house as partial atonement, Ruby becoming friends with Molly. Ffion is also suspicious, forcing Ruby to confront Alice in the presence of the Chelsea College headmistress.As a result Alice realizes that the head is also a snob, owns up to the truth and is content for Molly, Ruby and Sarah's daughter to attend the excellent local comprehensive school, where they are happy.

    - Written by don @ minifie-1

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