A revealing biopic about politician Mo Mowlam.

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Henrietta Norton
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Billy Clarke ...
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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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[as Mo Mowlam comes out of the Commons, Peter Mandelson is waiting for her]
Mo Mowlam: What are you doing here?
Peter Mandelson: Observing the Northern Ireland debate.
Mo Mowlam: What the fuck for?
Peter Mandelson: I have a long-standing interest in Northern Irish affairs. My grandfather, as you know, was a very distinguished Unionist.
Mo Mowlam: *Fuck* your grandfather. You're after my job - aren't you?
Peter Mandelson: Of course not. Though a cabinet reshuffle is on the cards and in politics one must never rule anything out.
Mo Mowlam: Don't lie. Smarming round Trimble. Probably telling...
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Featured in Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014) See more »

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Julie is So Good
13 February 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Is there nothing Julie Walters cannot do? Everything she does is wonderful (with one exception-Mamma Mia-I do not know what she was like in that- I could not bear to watch enough to see her performance!) But in "Mo" she turns in a career-defining turn. Mo Mowlam herself would probably have loved to see what she did with it. Heartbreakingly sad, funny and profane all at once she carries the whole thing with aplomb. Surrounded by great support and a good screenplay, Julie holds the audience in thrall with her acting chops. I would love to think Mo Mowlam really was like this and she spoke as plainly to the Sinn Fein element and the Unionists. It certainly made for entertaining television drama. An incredible production with an incredible actress at it's centre, Mo is entertaining, educational and life-affirming, in spite of the inevitable end.


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