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Tom Fitzhenry is an ugly and reclusive aristocrat who lives on his own in a large mansion. He despairs of ever having a relationship with a woman... until Cathy comes into his life when she... See full summary »

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Ben Bolt

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Complete credited cast:
Martin Clunes ... Tom Fitzhenry
Sienna Guillory ... Cathy Wardle
Peter Vaughan ... Mr. Robbins
Cristian Solimeno ... Ryan Wilson
Sam Kelly ... Bernard Wardle
Gwenllian Davies Gwenllian Davies ... Mrs. Robbins
Cornelius Booth ... Steve
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Tom Fitzhenry is an ugly and reclusive aristocrat who lives on his own in a large mansion. He despairs of ever having a relationship with a woman... until Cathy comes into his life when she and her father come to repair the house's ageing plumbing. Written by Anonymous

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This is the second in a trilogy of comedy dramas (with Von Trapped (2004) and King of Fridges (2004)) based on the theme of being trapped. See more »

Quotes

[Mr Robbins is serving a meal to Tom]
Tom Fitzhenry: What's Mrs Robbins conjoured up for us today?
Mr. Robbins: I can't be definite, sir. It may be a form of stew.
[shot of a congealed mess on a plate]
Tom Fitzhenry: Ah yes, I've had this before. It's actually less intimidating than it looks.
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"It's amazing the strength that happiness gives you!"
15 May 2017 | by khunkrumarkSee all my reviews

Prolific TV writer Simon Nye (Men Behaving Badly), teams up again with Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly/Doc Martin and much, much more!) for this 50 minute re-take on the 'Beauty and the Beast' fable.

An ugly man lives isolated in a massive house tended to by the live-in help, Mr. and Mrs. Robbins. (Peter Vaughan and Gwenllian Davies are magnificent fun as the devoted manservant and the terrible cook.) They try to set the poor fellow up with toffee-nosed totty, but nothing really works.

When the boiler goes on the blink for the umpteenth time, it's finally time to call in real plumbers (Sam Kelly) and his daughter, the delicious Cathy (Sienna Guillory.) Cathy manages to break an expensive vase and thus begins an unlikely friendship...

A delightful and funny script makes the whole story race by far too quickly. It's a simple tale with a big heart and some very funny moments along the way.

The experienced director, Ben Bolt (Doc Martin... yeah, welcome to the incestuous world of British television!) directs the teleplay with just the right amount of gentle humor. The story doesn't get mushy and it all ends very nicely. At the very end, we learn even more about the beast... something that will make the union of Tom and Cathy a very satisfying one indeed! ;)

Great British television!


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