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