Pat & Margaret [DVD] 
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this t.v. film is probably the best thing she has done yet. it's the story of two sisters who are thrown together again after several years apart. the trouble is they now seem to have very little in common with each other. they discover that through their mutual bond - their mother - blood really is thicker than water (to use that tired old cliche).
the casting is wonderful. victoria wood as the chip frying motorway service station cook, julia walters the glamourpuss soap star, celia imrie the panicking stressed out and pregnant p.a., duncan preston as margaret's slow boyfriend. even hailey the transexual from "corrie" makes an appearance stirring mince. however, the undoubted star is thora hird. she steals every scene she is in. the crowning moment of the show is when she discovers her son and margaret have had a sex life: "not on the eiderdown!" she gasps.
buy this. a pity it had to wait so long, but good things come to all who wait etc. five stars well earned.
It was unbelievable that it was forst screened as part of a series of BBC1 dramas on a Sunday evening. This was her first dabble in doing a feature length story for the TV screen and it is wonderful.
Victoria plays Margaret - who works at a service station. The girls she works with take her to a TV show called Magic Moments - which is abit like Surprise Surprise.
At the same time international soap star Pat has come all the way from America (played by Julie Walters) - to go on a TV show to advertise her book.
Little do both of them know the real reason why they both appear on Magic Moments. And when they do - both their lives are never the same again.
This tackles a clash of classes - it tackles the past that always comes back at you, theres some sad moments, some hilarious moments and Thora Hird has been given some wonderful lines!
This is truly faultless. Caroline Ahearne was inspired by this piece of work. If Victoria Wood is remembered for Acorn Antiques, then she should also be remembered for this. It is amazing.
Sure you know the story.....!!!
The dvd is quite hard to find BUT!!! look at the Victoria Wood Complete dvd collection....although it doesn't say it...it is included along with acorn antiques, the Victoria wood as seen on tv and 3 other dvds!!!
Wood is lovable as the frumpy, big-hearted but somewhat downtrodden waitress Margaret. Her frequent comedy partner Walters expertly humanises the soapie actress part which, in lesser hands, could have been played as far too brittle; Walters makes her likeable but does not compromise the character's toughness that is the root of her drive and success. These two leads do a masterful jobs, but the real key to the success of this lovely film is the fantastic supporting performers - Celia Imrie as the actress's harried assistant, Duncan Preston as the waitress's weak-willed but kind boyfriend, the wonderful Thora Hird as his mother, Deborah Grant as a dogged tabloid journo, Lynda Rooke as Woods's pal, and Shirley Stelfox as the sisters' rough survivor of a mother (a world away from Edna of 'Emmerdale'!)- all are excellent, and all are given great material to work with and run with it.
This is a film that rewards repeated viewings. It is fun, touching and charming - and none of that in any sort of mawkish way at all!
A wonderful addition to any DVD library.
Margaret, meanwhile, is unable to get a message to her work mates - who think she has abandoned them for the high life - or her boyfriend, dyslexic Jim who lives with his tyrant of a Mother (Thora Hird).
When a nosey columnist begins to look for Vera, the mother of the girls, Pat and Margaret join forces to find her first and prevent more revelations hitting the front pages. A warm, witty and sentimental story, packed with Victoria Wood's cracking one liners, this is a must for all her fans. Thora Hird gives one of her best performances as Jim's blunt Mother.
"They did not have dyslexia when he was at school. You were just sat at back of class with raffia". Classic.
I knocked off one star in my review because the sound is not great in some parts of the dvd - the background music drowns out the speech in the opening shots - but this is a small quibble and should not prevent those wanting a good film for a night in from treating themselves to a BBC gem.
Why so long to release it, BBC? 1994 it was made - shame on you!
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