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A drunken woman's children lock her in the sauna in an attempt to cure her of her alcoholism.


Matthew Jacobs


Matthew Jacobs, Gillian White (novel)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Maberly ... Vanessa
Gina McKee ... Caroline
Zohren Weiss ... Dominic
Megan De Wolf Megan De Wolf ... Sacha
Rosy De Wolf ... Amber
Sara-Marie Maltha ... Ilse
Anthony Andrews ... Robin
Imogen Stubbs ... Suzie
Faith Brook ... Isobel - Robin's Mother
Sheila Allen Sheila Allen ... Eileen - Suzie's Mother
Georgie Glen ... Sister Louise
Stephanie Fayerman ... Mrs. Guerney
Matthew Jacobs ... Recording Engineer
Fenella Shepherd Fenella Shepherd ... Assistant
Kevin Dyer Kevin Dyer ... Park Supervisor


Sickened by their mother's alcoholism, siblings Vanessa, Dominic, Amber and Sacha decide to lock her in the sauna to cure her over Christmas. Meanwhile, Vanessa has to keep the plot a secret from her father, and deal with tension between her mother, father and his girlfriend. Written by Babydoll xxx

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28 December 1997 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK

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High Vote score right on the button
17 January 2001 | by taitaSee all my reviews

A bittersweet story about children wanting their mother back. Vanessa and her siblings watch as their divorced mother once again embarks on a drunken spree that would ensure their Christmas will be ruined. Steps must be taken. While mother is in a stupor they manoeuvre her down to the basement and lock her in the sauna to dry out. So starts a conspiracy to hide her absence from their father and the cleaning lady. The children feed their mother and spend many hours in the basement with her, hence the title 'Mothertime'. The children also spend time with their beloved father and his new wife hoping to find some way of bringing the family back together again. It is not going to be easy. All these machinations bring out surprising qualities in the family members, not always to their credit.

Despite the drear plot this is a humorous, enchanting story, with quite a few little surprises in it. Kate Maberly is delightful as the maternal older sibling having to mother her own mother as well. Gina McKee (Notting Hill) is excellent as Caroline, the talented artistic mother who has lost her way.

High votes don't always signify quality, but in this case it is right on the button.

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