Up In Town [DVD] 
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Madison Blakelock is delighted to be living her new life, since her executive class husband - who works up in town - and she parted company 18 years before. And now she has nothing more to do but sit before her mirror, picking over the bones of her past with an optimism and energy dizzyingly at odds with her reality. As the unrecognised failures of her life mount up - the loss of love, friends, money, purpose and her beloved cat - the cracks in her terrifyingly maintained façade begin to show.
Running time: 60 minutes approx.
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Top Customer Reviews
Lumley is stunning in this series of moving and carefully acted monologues. Darkly funny, but also empowering.
Possibly not everyone's cup of tea, but for fans of non-standard comedies (THE OFFICE, CURB YOUR ENTHUSIASM, etc) it's well worth a look.
We can all see she's no longer who she once was, the rich and popular wife of bussinesman Tony. But she tries to explain her life to us through her eyes. So we see this sad and lonely person doing her make-up, explaining how she sees herself and the world around her, and in the end, the illussion (like her make-up) is almost perfect, both to us and to her. And she can go out to face the world again.
But though it isn't really comedy, seeing how she tries to justify the life she lives is tragically funny and very, very original! And Joanna Lumley does it al so seemingly effortless and natural.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This really is a supurb series of short monologues that keeps one enthralled until the end. I only wish there were more episodes.Published on 13 May 2013 by Craig Beavis
This was a one woman show, with Joanna Lumley, confined to a tiny room, reliving her life. Very moving in parts.Published on 28 Feb. 2013 by Caroline Armitage
a combination of gentle & insightful humorous story-telling from hugo blick & a wonderful monologue performance by joanna lumley. a one-off!Published on 19 Mar. 2011 by anne m.k.p.