Margery and Gladys
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|Margery and Gladys|
|Directed by||Geoffrey Sax|
|Produced by||Tim Hutchinson
Sharon Bloom (executive producer)
|Written by||John Flanagan
|Music by||Philip Pope|
|Edited by||Nick Arthurs|
|Distributed by||ITV, STV, UTV|
|21 September 2003|
Recently widowed Margery Heywood (Penelope Keith) and her cleaning woman Gladys Gladwell (June Brown) disturb a would-be burglar breaking into Margery's house in Kent. Margery attacks the burglar with a heavy glass vase, and knocks him unconscious. Believing that she has killed him, she panics and flees the house with Gladys, leaving behind her handbag.
In Gladys's car, the two women decide to try to reach Margery's son Graham in Milton Keynes, hoping he'll give them shelter and money, but the trip turns into a comedy of disasters. They are forced to break into a pharmacy to obtain insulin for Gladys's diabetes, 'do a runner' from a petrol station and dodge police cameras on the M25.
Margery is devastated to learn of a twenty-year affair between her late husband and Gladys - and that her son knew of it. His father also secretly bought a boat and planned to sail away with a childhood friend.
With the police, led by about-to-retire D I Woolley (Roger Lloyd-Pack) on their trail, the two women drive to Fleetwood, only to meet the childhood friend. The boat, it seems, was purchased with stolen money.
The film was broadcast on the ITV network on 21 September 2003 and watched by a total of 7.91 million viewers.
A DVD of the movie was released in Australia in July 2012 by Madman Entertainment.
- "Margery and Gladys". Madman.com.au. 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-25.