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MAGGIE SMITH, ROWAN ATTKINSON, KIRTEN SCOTT THOMAS AND PATRICK SWAYZE ...........KEEPING MUM FILM

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RTKangaMummy Mon 08-Sep-08 20:51:27

TONIGHT

CHANNEL 4

RTKangaMummy Mon 08-Sep-08 20:53:26

Keeping Mum Monday 08 September
10:00pm - 12:00am
Channel 4
The ghost of Joe Orton looms large over this spirited black comedy from White Noise scriptwriter Niall Johnson. A dark British farce, it boasts a delicious performance by Maggie Smith as an elderly housekeeper with a deadly way of resolving domestic unrest. Hired to look after the family of Rowan Atkinson's nerdy country vicar, she quietly sets about tackling their individual problems - from his son being bullied at school to his teen daughter's nymphomania. While her resulting Serial Mom-style solutions are often predictable, they're no less entertaining, benefiting from some neat gallows humour and an edgy sense of fun. In fact, Smith outshines all the cast with her immaculate comic timing, despite strong competition from Patrick Swayze as a sleazy US golf instructor who's romancing Atkinson's wife, Kristin Scott Thomas. Surprisingly, the only real downside is Atkinson, whose customary bumbling schtick feels forced and twee in an otherwise boisterous affair.
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VIDEO Plus+: 6514
Subtitled, Widescreen
Cast
Walter Goodfellow - Rowan Atkinson
Gloria Goodfellow - Kristin Scott Thomas
"Grace Hawkins" - Maggie Smith
Lance - Patrick Swayze
Rosie Jones - Emilia Fox
Mrs Parker - Liz Smith
Holly Goodfellow - Tamsin Egerton
Mr Brown - James Booth
Petey Goodfellow - Toby Parkes
David (boyfriend #2) - Jack Ryan
Directed by: Niall Johnson
Filmed in: 2005

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brightwell Tue 09-Sep-08 08:16:25

I fell asleep watching it.......shame because I was enjoying it. hopefully it'll be repeated.

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