Mother Love (1989)

Episode #1.2 

As Ruth's film is transmitted, Helena learns of a deception she finds too tough to stomach, so she sets a plan to take revenge on Ruth and George.

Director:

Simon Langton

Writer:

Andrew Davies
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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Diana Rigg ... Helena Vesey
James Wilby ... Kit Vesey
David McCallum ... Alex Vesey
Isla Blair ... Ruth Vesey
Fiona Gillies ... Angela Vesey
James Grout ... George Batt
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Holly Aird ... Emily
Joan Bakewell Joan Bakewell ... TV Commentartor
Margot Boyd Margot Boyd ... Neighbour
Carl Duering ... Art Critic
John Grillo ... Art Critic
Louisa Janes Louisa Janes ... Young Helena
Liliana Komorowska ... Danuta
Irene Marot Irene Marot ... Woman Journalist
Grant Parsons Grant Parsons ... Leo
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As Ruth's film is transmitted, Helena learns of a deception she finds too tough to stomach, so she sets a plan to take revenge on Ruth and George.

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Genres:

Drama | Thriller

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Release Date:

5 November 1989 (UK) See more »

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Danuta: [addressing Helena and Angela] "No, I'm thinking you are looking like two very pretty sisters. Yes, even at the wedding, I am thinking, 'who is the bride here? Which one is the mother?'"
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A Superb continuation.
7 August 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

All of Helena's built up, but measured anger comes out as she learns of George's deception. Lucky for Angie and Kit that they weren't seen in that film.

The second episode continues and builds from the first, we got a snippet of Helena's mental state, and we got an insight into the lengths she's prepared to go to, to avenge those that betray her, even murder.

What struck me about this one was the contrast between Rigg and Blair. Diana Rigg so domineering, harsh and forthright, balanced with the soft, genteel femininity of Isla Blair, the pair feature heavily in this episode, a great contrast.

Once again it's the dynamic, unhinged performance of Diana Rigg that impresses most of all. She is absolutely incredible here. She portrays Helena as intelligent, cool, measured, but with a burning hatred inside, quite incredible.

What more would you want from a drama? 9/10


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