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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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English

Release Date:

21 September 2003 (UK) See more »

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England, UK

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Carlton Television See more »
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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 »

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The cast can be heard singing "With Me Little Stick of Blackpool Rock" over the closing credits, with various actors' voices to the fore at different moments. See more »

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Penelope Keith and June Brown Are Great
28 March 2014 | by drednmSee all my reviews

This British TV movie is a must for fans of classic Britcoms who will recognize Penelope Keith from various TV series. Here, she plays a 60-something widow who lives in a posh neighborhood that has been the target a recent break-ins. While her cleaning lady (June Brown) is working one day, they catch a punk in the midst of robbing the house. Keith smashes a vase over his head. They think he's dead. What ensues is a mostly comic romp as the mismatched women run from the police. After all, a neighborhood watch meeting recently warned home owners that British laws do not favor them when they defend their homes and lives.

As the women race across the countryside in a beat-up Fiesta, they each learn a whole lot about each other, even though Brown has been Keith's cleaning lady for decades. Aside from hiding from the police, they have to deal with Brown's diabetes and the fact they left the house without any money or credit cards.

Also good are Adam Godley as Keith's repressed son with a cleaning fetish, Roger Lloyd Pack as the detective counting the days til retirement, Peter Vaughan as Brown's smarmy husband, and Martin Freeman as the dumb sergeant.

The journey is quite funny as the ladies travel by train to Blackpool with a bunch of George Formby (a major British film star of the 30s and 40s) impersonators, the perfect touch for their surreal journey. Just outside Blackpool, they make a shocking discovery that changes their lives and destinies.

Keith and Brown work very well together and are a delight to watch as they get deeper and deeper into trouble, in turn bickering with and rescuing each other. For those who know Penelope Keith only as Margo or Audrey from TV, her dramatic moments in this film will be a real eye-opener. Be sure to watch the closing credits where all the characters' stories are wrapped up in a series of post cards. Wonderful surprise ending for the Brown and Keith characters.

The music includes two George Formby songs: "Leaning on a Lamp Post" and "My Little Stick of Blackpool Rock," which is a local hard candy.

Hard to find, but I finally found this on DVD from UK.


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