I was impressed with Jane Horrocks' performance as well as the rest of this star studded cast.
What happens when a perky supermarket manager from West Yorkshire finds herself at the head of a political movement that sweeps her into office as Britain's new prime minister? For starters, how about moving England's capital, demoting the queen, and doing something about global warming?
Jane Horrocks stars as Ros Pritchard, a perfect boss and attentive mother hen to her workers at Greengages Superstore in rural Eatanswill. Ros is so frustrated with the state of politics and the caliber of politicians that she runs for election herself, determined to make a point. And what starts as a bit of a joke gathers momentum, with even a couple of heavyweight politicians defecting to her side.
In no time, she is leading a feminist revolution in British politics, with like-minded women all over the country following her example to run for Parliament as part of the new Purple Democratic Alliance. She's a breath of fresh air: she speaks the language people have wanted to hear for so very long. The country, previously apathetic in the face of the options available, turn out in their millions and elect Mrs. Pritchard in on a landslide. Which is where her problems really begin.
Steven Mackintosh (Our Mutual Friend, Other Boleyn Girl)
Carey Mulligan (Northanger Abbey, Pride and Prejudice)
Janet McTeer (Sense and Sensibility)
Geraldine James (He Knew He Was Right, The Jewel in the Crown)
Robert Portal (The Queen's Sister)
Meera Syal (Life isn't all Ha Ha Hee Hee)
Siobhan Finneran (Sparkhouse)
Tom Mison (Lost in Austen)
Sylvestra Le Touzel (Northanger Abbey, Mansfield Park, Amazing Grace)
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