Friday 29th June at 8.30pm
About the show
With an all-star cast, this moving film depicts the extraordinary achievements, and tragic demise of one of the most controversial, and popular figures in British politics Mo Mowlam, played by Julie Walters.
This intimate tale tells the story of politician Marjorie 'Mo'
Mowlam's famous struggle to bring peace to the troubled island of
Ireland, her relationship with husband Jon and her final battle
with her health.
In the cut-throat world of the British parliament, you have to stand-up and be counted in order to stay ahead.
Labour MP, Mo Mowlam had no difficulty attracting attention through her contentious comments, and when she is appointed Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, by the newly elected Tony Blair, Mo is given the biggest challenge of her career. But in a cruel twist of fate, Mo discovers that she has an inoperable brain tumour.
With illness associated with weakness in the corridors of power, can she keep her condition a secret, not only from her peers, but from the British media, as they desperately search for headlines?
With the constant violence, bloodshed, retaliation and fear that defined Northern Ireland during the period, uniting the two warring factions will take all of her
political acumen and initiative.
However, Mo's fresh approach, her energy, humour and often raucous remarks begin to have the desired effect: breaking the deadlock and the deeply ingrained differences between the two sides, and starting to bring about the hint of negotiation.
But in a world entirely reliant on public image and reputation, her success and the attention she gains could lead to her downfall, as other politicians, desperate to forward their own careers, seek
to share her glory.
As Mo struggles to keep her political career afloat, her marriage together and her tumour at bay, things begin to slip from her control.
This touching, funny and emotional story looks at politics, betrayal, identity and above all, love.