When the Blair government takes office in 1997 the difficult job of Secretary of state for Northern Ireland, trying to broker peace between sectarian factions, goes to Dr. Marjorie Mowlam, known as 'Mo'. With her no nonsense attitude, rough language and liking for a drunk - not to mention the odd flasher's moment - she is equal to any man and totally committed to her role. However she has cancer. The chemotherapy gives her hair loss and she plays on this to defuse situations with humour. Unfortunately the cancer is malignant and will kill her within a few years but Mo keeps this fact quiet in order to see through her Northern Irish task. Written by
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shaved her head to reproduce Mo Mowlam's hair loss due to the tumour, but she had to leave a small strip at the back for Mo's various wigs to be attached to. See more
During the scene in the salon trying on the wigs, Robbie Williams was singing "Angels" on the radio, which wasn't released as a single until December 1997 (and the album "Life Thru A Lens" was released in September 1997). See more
[Tony Blair is giving a speech and is thanking all the people who played a part in the Peace Talks. When he mentions Mo Mowlam's name, the audience get to their feet and cheer
I think I can say without fear of contradiction that's the first time there's been a standing ovation in the *middle* of a speech. And the person getting the ovation isn't even the person making the speech.