7.8/10
279
9 user 2 critic
A revealing biopic about politician Mo Mowlam.

Director:

Philip Martin

Writer:

Neil McKay
Reviews
9 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

A Song for Jenny (TV Movie 2015)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In the aftermath of the July 7th, 2005 bombings in London, a woman desperately searches for her missing daughter, who may have been caught up in the attacks.

Director: Brian Percival
Stars: Emily Watson, Ryan Coath, Nicola Wren
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

In London, twenty-seven year-old hairdresser Rita decides to complete her basic education before having children as desired by her husband Denny. She joins a literature course in an open ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Michael Caine, Julie Walters, Michael Williams
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Shirley's a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's chip'n'egg, wondering what happened to her life. She compares scenes in ... See full summary »

Director: Lewis Gilbert
Stars: Pauline Collins, Tom Conti, Julia McKenzie
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Stefan Georgiou
Stars: Lucy Boynton, Jack Lowden, Danny Lee Wynter
A Short Stay in Switzerland (TV Movie 2009)
Biography | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

Just after losing her husband to a similar condition, Dr Anne Turner is diagnosed with a fatal neurological condition. So she plans to end her life herself. Based on a true story.

Director: Simon Curtis
Stars: Julie Walters, Stephen Campbell Moore, Lyndsey Marshal
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

The film tells the story of two boys who become friends at the start of the Troubles in 1970. They share an obsession with Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969), with the consequence that they run away to Australia.

Director: Terry Loane
Stars: John Joesph Mcneill, Niall Wright, Julie Walters
Edit

Cast

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 Stella Gonet ... Dr Susi Strang
Toby Jones ... Dr Mark Glaser
Cathy White Cathy White ... Radiographer
Katie Cecil Katie Cecil ... Jo
Helena Bereen ... Elderly Woman
Adrian Dunbar ... David Trimble
Billy Clarke Billy Clarke ... Harold Gracey
Edit

Storyline

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 Mowlam, known as 'Mo'. 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 gives her hair loss and she plays on this to defuse situations with humour. Unfortunately the cancer is malignant and will kill her within a few years but Mo keeps this fact quiet in order to see through her Northern Irish task. Written by don @ minifie-1

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Biography | Drama

Edit

Details

Official Sites:

Official site

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 January 2010 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Northern Ireland, UK See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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

Goofs

When she is Hillsborough for the first time it must be around 1997. The car that pulls into the drive is a Ford Mondeo Mk 3 which was not produced until 2000. See more »

Quotes

[Mo Mowlam is chairing a meeting between Martin McGuinness and Gerry Adams of the Sinn Fein / IRA and Senator George Mitchell who will be chairing the Peace Talks. Both sides are trying to score points off each other. Mo defuses the situation by taking off her wig]
Mo Mowlam: Sometimes aren't there just times when all you want is a bloody good scratch.
Martin McGuinness: I suppose so.
Mo Mowlam: I tell you what, boys. Let's start this meeting again. Only this time, no cocks on the table.
[after the meeting]
Mo Mowlam: How did I do, George?
Senator George Mitchell: I have ...
See more »

Connections

Featured in Grierson 2010: The British Documentary Awards (2010) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Tour de Force for Julie Walters, but great support
2 February 2010 | by cbak2005See all my reviews

Julie Walters is magnificent in the role of a politician who was adored by the public (a very rare quality), but also an icebreaker in the Northern Ireland Peace Process. In inhabiting the role, Julie Walters displays scatological behaviour, and utters language that would embarrass a docker! However, there is also a very strong support cast. Toby Jones as the doctor, David Haig as Mo Mowlam's misguided husband, and mostly the marvellous Steven Macintosh playing a beautifully slimy Peter Mandelson.

This is however, a BAFTA worthy performance from Julie Walters. My congratulations to everyone behind this Channel Four production.


3 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed