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Fear of Fanny (2006)

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Movie 23 October 2006
The bizarre tale of Fanny Cradock, Britain's famous and maligned TV chef from 50s to the 70s.


Coky Giedroyc


Brian Fillis
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julia Davis ... Fanny Cradock
Mark Gatiss ... Johnnie Cradock
Jason Watkins ... Derek
Steven O'Neill ... Simon
Phil Nice Phil Nice ... Technician
Jordan Long ... Gas Fitter
Paul Chahidi ... Director
Simon Greenall Simon Greenall ... TV Executive
Jim Field Smith ... Floor Manager
Clare Wille ... TV Executive's Wife
Nicholas Burns Nicholas Burns ... Christopher
Claudie Blakley ... Nicky
Hayley Atwell ... Jane
Tom Goodman-Hill ... Dan Farson
Nathan Shomer Nathan Shomer ... Julian


In the black and white days of post-war British television, Fanny Cradock, with her painted-on eyebrows and excessive make-up, is a colourful figure in every sense, even dyeing the food to make it show up on monochrome sets. But she is also something of a tyrant, disowning her son Chris because she disapproves of his wife, so that even her long-suffering husband and co-presenter Johnnie is powerless to intervene. Fanny's come-uppance comes about when she belittles a competition winner over her choice of menu in a television reality show. Audience disgust at Fanny's over-bearing treatment of Devon housewife Gwen provokes such a backlash that the television company sacks her. After Johnnie's death, she ends up as a resident, still trying to order the cooking, in a retirement home. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Saved by Julia Davis
25 October 2006 | by gray4See all my reviews

This interesting, if rather boring, piece of nostalgia was rescued by the two central performances. Julia Davis, as the awful Fanny Craddock and her much put-upon sidekick Johnny (Mike Gatiss) provided astonishingly accurate portraits of the first TV chef and partner - reviving memories of those terrible TV programmes with their disgusting concoctions. After her triumphs in 'Nighty Night', Julia Davis now shows us a very different virago.

The private life of the two central characters was less interesting. Apart from allusions to Fanny's rather more adventurous past and her seriously unpleasant tantrums and manipulations, there wasn't much to make a full-length drama from. The other members of the odd household paled into insignificance alongside Fanny. So much so that the later part of the drama was enlivened only by a cameo from the Benny Hill Show! But there really wasn't enough meat to justify this bio-pic of an unpleasant and rather disturbed woman.

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