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
Andrew McCulloch
Starring Penelope Keith
June Brown
Roger Lloyd-Pack
Martin Freeman
Music by Philip Pope
Cinematography Chris O'Dell
Edited by Nick Arthurs
Distributed by ITV, STV, UTV
Release dates
21 September 2003
Running time
98 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English

Margery and Gladys is a television film released on 21 September 2003. It was produced by Carlton Television for ITV and directed by Geoffrey Sax.


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.

After a night on the town at nearby Blackpool, the two women take the boat and sail off to the Caribbean.


The film was broadcast on the ITV network on 21 September 2003 and watched by a total of 7.91 million viewers.

The film has also been screened on RTÉ One in Ireland, and on ITV3 on 6 March 2016, which is the first time the film has been screened in the United Kingdom since its broadcast in 2003.


A DVD of the movie was released in Australia in July 2012 by Madman Entertainment.[1]


  1. ^ "Margery and Gladys". 2012-07-18. Retrieved 2012-07-25. 

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