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The Thieving Headmistress (2006)

A Headmistress steals from her own school.


Norman Hull


Lucy Bowden, Jane Carter Woodrow (as Jane Woodrow) | 1 more credit »


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Credited cast:
Pauline Quirke ... Colleen McCabe
Denis Lawson ... Father Plunkett
Peter Cellier ... Father O'Malley
Mary Roscoe Mary Roscoe ... Maureen Stapley
Naomi Allisstone Naomi Allisstone ... Pam
Stephen Critchlow Stephen Critchlow ... Detective Elliott
Richard Hope ... Auditor Andy Pert
David Holt ... Mr. Huckerby
Hannah Walters Hannah Walters ... Ms Wallis
Emily Key Emily Key ... Young Colleen
Jessica Elliott Jessica Elliott ... Shop girl
John Walters John Walters ... Priest
Bruce Barnden Bruce Barnden ... Lawyer
David Barnaby David Barnaby ... Judge
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jane Carter Woodrow ... The Prison Guard (as Jane Woodrow)


As a young girl Colleen McCabe asks a priest in confessional "What is sin?" Thirty years later she is found out for practising it. An ex-nun,she leaves the convent because she becomes disillusioned with spiritual matters and goes into teaching, being appointed headmistress of the John Rigby School in London. Along with a small coterie of chosen staff members to act as her spies,she misappropriates half a million pounds from school funds which she spends on luxury goods and a trip on the Orient Express. Meanwhile the school suffers,having to use ancient text books and pupils as cleaners. She is tried,although admitted to hospital for depression on the trial day, and sentenced to five years in jail, later reduced to four. The film alternates dramatized scenes of Colleen's misbehaviour with interviews with those who knew her. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

6 June 2006 (UK) See more »


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£245,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1
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Cracking fun based on fact
14 October 2006 | by lidlownbrandproductSee all my reviews

This programme is based on the actions of ex Nun Headmistress Colleen McCabe. McCabe syphoned off approximately £258,000 from the school she was running-and left the school and pupils in a sorry state. In addition to the dramatised scenes, this programme features comments from the staff and pupils at the school. This programme, a total classic needs to be released on DVD. Pauline Quirk, who I thought was OK in Birds of A Feather, is brilliant in this role. There are some really laugh out loud scenes in the programme, coupled with some more subtle bits. All the actors give great performances. Actor Geoffrey Palmer contributes a highly amusing narration that just adds the cherry to the top of this cake. The final scenes involving the expensive jewellery and the rosary beads cracks me up. Don't be put off by comments about this show being lack lustre, it's well worth seeing and very, very tongue in cheek.

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