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Mother Love 

A British yuppie couple have a presumably idyllic existence. Yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - an eccentric, and possibly, difficult mother-in-law. Her odd behavior is ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Diana Rigg ...  Helena Vesey 4 episodes, 1989
James Wilby ...  Kit Vesey 4 episodes, 1989
David McCallum ...  Alex Vesey 4 episodes, 1989
Fiona Gillies ...  Angela Vesey / ... 4 episodes, 1989
Holly Aird ...  Emily 4 episodes, 1989
Louisa Janes Louisa Janes ...  Young Helena 4 episodes, 1989
Grant Parsons Grant Parsons ...  Leo 4 episodes, 1989
Amelia Shankley Amelia Shankley ...  Harriet 4 episodes, 1989
James Grout ...  George Batt 3 episodes, 1989
Liliana Komorowska ...  Danuta 3 episodes, 1989
Isla Blair ...  Ruth Vesey 2 episodes, 1989
Rob Edwards Rob Edwards ...  Consultant 2 episodes, 1989
Elizabeth Ash Elizabeth Ash ...  Vicky 2 episodes, 1989
Natasha Byrne Natasha Byrne ...  Rachel Turner 2 episodes, 1989
Anna Price Anna Price ...  Maureen 2 episodes, 1989
Cordelia Roche Cordelia Roche ...  Jordan Tennyson-Vesey 2 episodes, 1989
Rebecca Sabin Rebecca Sabin ...  Lavinia / ... 2 episodes, 1989
Claire Shepherd Claire Shepherd ...  Laura / ... 2 episodes, 1989


A British yuppie couple have a presumably idyllic existence. Yet there is one troubling factor in their lives - an eccentric, and possibly, difficult mother-in-law. Her odd behavior is confirmed in a series of incidents involving her ex-husband, a concert musician, and her ex-husband's new wife, an artist. Flashbacks reveal bits of her troubled past. Little by little, the young couple's life begins to fall apart and the mother-in-law begins to act out her feelings of intense jealousy in the form of revenge, implicating a dear old friend, and leading to murder. Written by <rworrel@ibm.net>

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Drama | Thriller







Release Date:

20 October 1989 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Anyai szeretet See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK

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1.33 : 1
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Helena Vesey: For a woman fifty is the end of hope. Aspiration. But I'm not unhappy. I'm quite reconciled to it. From now on I shall live my life through you.
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Dame Diana's moment of glory?
3 June 2001 | by chuffnobblerSee all my reviews

Diana Rigg will scare you under the carpet in this story of "treachery, disloyalty" and family ties. A simple lie, Helena's son keeping in touch with his father but not telling his mother, spins wildly out of control, while Helena gradually suspects that her family are keeping information from her. The cleverly-constructed back story, showing that Helena was capable of terrible things as a child, cranks up the tension and gives a sense of terrible foreboding. Helena's paranoia and loneliness take over, creating a horrible revenge.

Almost camp in some scenes, (calling everyone "darling", giving her family nicknames and shopping at Fortnums), Diana Rigg gives an intense performance full of pain at the upsets of her past life and full of hatred at her ex-husband. She definitely deserved her Bafta award.

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