A revealing biopic about politician Mo Mowlam.

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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 don @ minifie-1

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Julie Walters 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 »

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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 »

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[Mo Mowlam is chairing a meeting between Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams of the Sinn Fein / IRA and Senator George Mitchell who will be chairing the Peace Talks. Both sides are trying to score points off each other. Mo defuses the situation by taking off her wig]
Mo Mowlam: Sometimes aren't there just times when all you want is a bloody good scratch.
Martin McGuinness: I suppose so.
Mo Mowlam: I tell you what, boys. Let's start this meeting again. Only this time, no cocks on the table.
[after the meeting]
Mo Mowlam: How did I do, George?
Senator George Mitchell: I have ...
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Entertaining, tragic and incredibly poignant, amazing biographical drama with a mesmerising lead performance
4 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Mo Mowlam was a truly amazing and inspirational woman, even during her illness she managed to be her funny, quick-witted and inspiring self. This biographical drama from start to finish was sublime, entertaining in some spots but incredibly poignant mostly. The camera work is stunning, the direction from Phillip Martin is excellent and the scripting is honest and packs a real emotional punch. But I thought it was the acting that really drove this drama. While Gary Lewis, Steven MacKintosh, Emma Cambridge and Adrian Dunbar all turn in great work, the acting honours without a doubt come from Julie Walters as Mo. I love Walters, I have always considered her an amazing actress, and she was above mesmerising here, a truly moving and insightful performance. Also the ending had me in tears, I have rarely been emotionally wrecked by a drama on television. Overall, this was wonderful, if you haven't seen it already have a box of tissues at the ready. 10/10 Bethany Cox


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