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Margery and Gladys (2003)

Haughty, recently widowed Margery Heywood and her cleaner Gladys Gladwell go on the run after mistakenly believing that they have killed a teen-age burglar and, having held up a post office... See full summary »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Penelope Keith ... Margery Heywood
June Brown June Brown ... Gladys Gladwell
Alan David Alan David ... Gordon Thompson
Marcia Warren Marcia Warren ... Jean Thompson
Matthew Lockwood Matthew Lockwood ... Scott Wilkins
Tilly Vosburgh Tilly Vosburgh ... Mrs Wilkins
Roger Lloyd Pack ... D.I. Woolley (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Martin Freeman ... D.S. Stringer
Adam Godley ... Graham Heywood
Peter Vaughan ... Troy Gladwell
Heather Tobias Heather Tobias ... Mrs Hewlett
Ken Morley Ken Morley ... Bill Nightingale
Kulvinder Ghir ... Mr Singh
Ivana Basic ... Nina Kovacs
Diane Beck ... Hotel Receptionist
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Haughty, recently widowed Margery Heywood and her cleaner Gladys Gladwell go on the run after mistakenly believing that they have killed a teen-age burglar and, having held up a post office for Gladys's money and given petty crook Terry Mason a lift they are soon pursued by the police. Their uneasy alliance is not helped when Margery learns that her late husband Eric had had a twenty year affair with Gladys, the discovery of which had profoundly affected Margery's son Graham. A further shocking revelation takes the pair to Blackpool where another truth is revealed, leading to a genuine friendship and an end to their troubles. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 September 2003 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

England, UK

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Carlton Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color
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Goofs

When Margery wakes up in the car, she can be seen wearing contact lenses. In previous and later scenes, she can be seen occasionally wearing glasses. See more »

Crazy Credits

The George Formby impersonators in Blackpool sing Formby's hit "Leaning on a Lamp Post" several times and also during the closing credits along with his "My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock." Although Penelope Keith mentions "the George Formbys," his soundtracks are not used and he gets no screen credit. See more »

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A gem among the trash
29 July 2006 | by bairdmhiSee all my reviews

It is easy for the frequent viewer of television to become pessimistic about the future of the medium. The proliferation of channels has led to fragmentation of the audience and a general shortage of money for quality programs. But then, along comes a gem like "Margery and Gladys". The story and the humanistic style remind me strongly of the comedy/spy production "Sleepers" (1990) and it comes as no surprise that one of the writers, Andrew McCulloch, contributed to both productions. The direction, camera-work and acting were first rate and the editing (i.e. cutting from scene to scene) was just right for maintaining attention. As a person over 60 with UK background, I was delighted by the snatches of George Formby songs towards the end. Formby was to the 1940s what the Beatles were to the 1960s.

Anyway, the TV industry is not doomed as long as movies like this can be produced. I'm delighted to see that it is liked in the USA despite its rather British flavor.


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