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The Secret Life of Mrs. Beeton (2006)

In 19th century Victorian England, Mrs. Isabella Beeton produced what became an essential book for housewives of the day. She was married at a relatively young age to Sam Beeton, a ... See full summary »

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Kathryn Hughes (book), Sarah Williams
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Anna Madeley ... Isabella Beeton
JJ Feild ... Sam Beeton
Jim Carter ... Henry Dorling
Anna Chancellor ... Elizabeth Dorling
Siobhan Hayes ... Anne - the Maid
Joseph Mawle ... Fred Greenwood
Andrea Riseborough ... Myra
Liz Kettle Liz Kettle ... Henrietta
John Albasiny ... M. Goubard
Pierre Becker Pierre Becker ... French Assistant
Katie Kensit ... Blonde Woman
Tim Preece Tim Preece ... Dr. Ramsey
Philip Anthony Philip Anthony ... Dr. Oliver
Rupert Wickham Rupert Wickham ... Dr. Winchester
Maureen Bennett Maureen Bennett ... Mrs. Beeton
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In 19th century Victorian England, Mrs. Isabella Beeton produced what became an essential book for housewives of the day. She was married at a relatively young age to Sam Beeton, a publisher of books and magazines on a variety of subjects. Not someone to sit at home in the traditional role of a housewife, Mrs. Beeton started work in her husband's business, initially as an editor correcting English but then writing some of the columns herself. It as at this point that she developed an idea for a cookbook and Mrs. Beeton's Book of Household Management was born. Her life was not an easy one however. The publishing business went bankrupt, she lost two children at a young age and had several miscarriages. She died at the age of 28. Written by garykmcd

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16 October 2006 (UK) See more »

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Fantastic, whimsical drama which'll make you laugh + cry!
19 November 2006 | by incredulous_nedulousSee all my reviews

Just goes to show how silly the BBC really are. they play all their usual silly sitcommy crap on their main channels BBCs 1 + 2 but any decent dramas like the Secret Life of Mrs Beeton get shunted off to BBC4 - a dead cert as only about 3million people at most have these channels, let alone watch it regularly.

The Secret Life of Mrs Beeton is a helluva drama managing to be both a hilarious and touching period drama. Bravo to Anna Madley for a stellar performance in bringing a multifaceted character back to life. Track this down...somehow! I dunno if its on DVD or maybe someone cool videoed it, who knows, maybe the BBC will come to its senses and broadcast it on its terrestial channels, it certainly deserves to be!

Watch this, you'll love it, I did + I'm a 17 yr old boy!


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