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The Sculptress 

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Olive Martin (Quirke), a heavily overweight young woman is convicted of killing and butchering her mother and sister and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, when she is assigned to ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Pauline Quirke ...  Olive Martin 4 episodes, 1996
Caroline Goodall ...  Rosalind Leigh 4 episodes, 1996
Christopher Fulford ...  Hal Hawksley 4 episodes, 1996
Sophie Stanton ...  Prison Officer #1 4 episodes, 1996
Michael Percival ...  Peter Crew 4 episodes, 1996
Maureen Hibbert Maureen Hibbert ...  Prison Officer #2 4 episodes, 1996
Dermot Crowley ...  Father Julian 4 episodes, 1996
David Horovitch ...  Edward Clarke 3 episodes, 1996
Ann Davies Ann Davies ...  Dorothy Clarke 3 episodes, 1996
James McCarthy James McCarthy ...  Geoff Wyatt 2 episodes, 1996
Angela Belton Angela Belton ...  Dina 2 episodes, 1996
Timothy Bateson ...  Albert Hayes 2 episodes, 1996
Jay Villiers Jay Villiers ...  Rupert 2 episodes, 1996
Wendy Nottingham Wendy Nottingham ...  Marnie O'Brien 2 episodes, 1996
Jim Barclay Jim Barclay ...  Reggie Wheelan 2 episodes, 1996
Karen Westwood Karen Westwood ...  Amber Martin 2 episodes, 1996
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Olive Martin (Quirke), a heavily overweight young woman is convicted of killing and butchering her mother and sister and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, when she is assigned to write a book about her life, author Rosalind Leigh (Goodall) begins to develop a relationship with Olive and is soon convinced of her innocence. With the help of restaurant owner and former policeman Hal Hawksley (Fulford), she sets out to prove it and undo what she sees as a miscarriage of justice. However, all is not what is seems. Written by Jonathan Broxton <j.w.broxton@sheffield.ac.uk>

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13 November 1997 (USA) See more »

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A Escultora See more »

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(4 parts) | (DVD)

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Pauline Quirke wore a bulky, 22-stone "fat suit" in order to look the part for her role as the heavyweight killer Olive Martin. See more »

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Brutal and captivating.
20 December 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Writer Rosalind Leigh is handed a new project, the story of Olive Martin, aka The Sculptress, an obese woman imprisoned for the brutal murders of her mother and sister.

The first of The BBC's dramatisations of the books of Minette Walters. The book is excellent, justice is done with this excellent adaptation. It's brutal, powerful, intense and intriguing. You will question Olive's guilt, and the behaviour of those involved.

Quirke is superb as The Sculptress, I can remember thinking at the time it's a long way from Birds of a Feather, I was left in no doubt as to talents of the actress behind Sharon Theodopolopodous after this, it's a superb performance. Christopher Fulford and Caroline Goodall are fantastic also.

There is a temporary lull in the middle as the focus switches away from Olive, but the beginning and ending are superb. 9/10


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