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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
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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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English

Release Date:

20 October 1989 (UK) See more »

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Anyai szeretet See more »

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London, England, UK

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Helena Vesey: You're not Lady Vesey. You're Alex's whore you smug bitch! I am Lady Vesey. You dare to spit in my face? Whore! Smug little bastards! Smug little whore's bastards. Not you, I am. I am!
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A television masterpiece
26 December 2003 | by gray4See all my reviews

The votes say it all. This is an astonishing piece of TV drama. Diana Rigg gives the performance of a lifetime as the monstrously possessive mother, switching from poised charmer to wicked schemer and demented mother with no more than the flick of an eyebrow. The witty and literate script is by Andrew Davies - I saw Mother Love as part of an Andrew Davies season on a new BBC digital channel - and the direction by Simon Langton drives the plot relentlessly forward, keeping the viewer on the edge of the seat, with clenched fists and sweaty palms, never sure what will happen next.

The other main roles - James Wilby, Isla Blair, James Grout and David McCallum - are realistic and provide able foils for Rigg. But it is Diana Rigg's role with her chilling personality, cleverly reinforced with flashbacks to a terrible childhood incident, and her wonderful over-the-top dialogue, which makes this a memorable thriller and a 'must-watch' television masterpiece.


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