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A revealing biopic about politician Dr. Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam (Dame Julie Walters).

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Philip Martin

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Neil McKay
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Walters ... Mo Mowlam
Emma Cambridge Emma Cambridge ... Ellen
David Haig ... Jon Norton
Lucy Boynton ... Henrietta Norton
Tony Maudsley ... Peter Kilfoyle
Gary Lewis ... Adam Ingram
Rebekah Staton ... Kate
Steven Mackintosh ... Peter Mandelson
Stella Gonet ... Dr Susi Strang
Toby Jones ... Dr Mark Glaser
Cathy White ... Radiographer
Katie Cecil Katie Cecil ... Jo
Helena Bereen ... Elderly Woman
Adrian Dunbar ... David Trimble
Billy Clarke Billy Clarke ... Harold Gracey
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When the Blair government takes office in 1997, the difficult job of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, trying to broker peace between sectarian factions, goes to Dr. Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam. With her no nonsense attitude, rough language, and liking for a drunk - not to mention the odd flasher's moment - she is equal to any man and totally committed to her role. However, she has cancer. The chemotherapy causes hair loss and she plays on this to defuse situations with humor. Unfortunately, the cancer will kill her within a few years, but Mo keeps this fact quiet in order to see her Northern Irish task through. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Trivia

Dame Julie Walters shaved her head to reproduce Dr. Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam's hair loss due to the tumor, but she had to leave a small strip at the back for Mo's various wigs to which to be attached. See more »

Goofs

During the scene in the salon trying on the wigs, Robbie Williams was singing "Angels" on the radio, which wasn't released as a single until December 1997 (and the album "Life Thru A Lens" was released in September 1997). See more »

Quotes

[Mo Mowlam has just been on the phone to Reverend Ian Paisley]
Mo Mowlam: Paisley says there are terrorists and at least one homosexual in the building.
Adam Ingram: Well we'd better get Security onto that one. Is he sure there's only *one*?
[they laugh]
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Connections

Featured in Julie Walters: A Life on Screen (2014) See more »

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Julie is So Good
13 February 2010 | by beresfordjdSee all my reviews

Is there nothing Julie Walters cannot do? Everything she does is wonderful (with one exception-Mamma Mia-I do not know what she was like in that- I could not bear to watch enough to see her performance!) But in "Mo" she turns in a career-defining turn. Mo Mowlam herself would probably have loved to see what she did with it. Heartbreakingly sad, funny and profane all at once she carries the whole thing with aplomb. Surrounded by great support and a good screenplay, Julie holds the audience in thrall with her acting chops. I would love to think Mo Mowlam really was like this and she spoke as plainly to the Sinn Fein element and the Unionists. It certainly made for entertaining television drama. An incredible production with an incredible actress at it's centre, Mo is entertaining, educational and life-affirming, in spite of the inevitable end.


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31 January 2010 (UK) See more »

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モー・モーラム 〜不可能を可能にした女〜 See more »

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