Executive Produced by Tim Firth,
all three films are linked by the common theme of being 'trapped'. Tim Firth, Jonathan Harvey
and Simon Aye each contributed a single film to this series
by Tim Firth
- Executive Producers - Tim
Firth & Alan Brodie
- A trio of single comedy plays
written by, Tim Firth, Simon Nye and Jonathan Harvey.
King of Fridges
TRAPPED by Jonathan
A Co-production by by Granada Television and 6th Floor Productions
Caroline's character Maria Moogan lives in Oldham and is obsessed
with The Sound of Music, having watched it the night she was
jilted at the alter, pregnant and emotionally wrought. Now 16
years later she lives with her man-hating mother Kath played
by Una Stubbs and only child Lee, a moody teenager with all sorts
of hormonal problems. It's a claustrophobic existence, treading
on one another's toes and failing to communicate properly.
When Maria's best friend Connie
wins the lottery, using Maria's lucky number 7, she gives Maria
£10,000 of her winnings - with the stipulation she must
go to Salzburg to get The Sound of Music out of her system.
Maria takes the family, with
Lee's fiancee Tammy-Jade in hot pursuit. While there, she bumps
into long lost love Larry Lavelle, Lee's father, now a successful
but unhappy TV presenter. What results is a surprising, magical
process of release and understanding - that doesn't leave anyone
quite the same again.
Maria Moogan - Caroline Quentin
- Kath Moogan - Una Stubbs
- Larry Lavelle - Jim Carter
- Torsten - Philip Jackson
- Leisl Moogan - Emma Lowndes
- Tammy-Jade - Vicky Binns
- Connie Mocock - Lynda Rooke
- Madison Avenue - Natalie Gumede
- Ryan - Daniel Smith
BEAUTY by Simon Nye
A talkback Thames Production
Margot Gavan Duffy
Tom Fitzhenry, played by Martin Clunes, is an ugly, reclusive
toff who lives a quiet life on his gorgeous, slightly decaying
country estate. He is distressed by his inconventional appearance
and ill-health, caused by generations of inbreeding, and lives
a reclusive life. His home is his sanctuary, but also his prison
and the sole aim of his crumbling but trusty domestic staff is
to find him the love of a good woman.
Thigs change when Tom meets
Cathy, a quirky, vivacious barmaid from the council estate in
the village and also the daughter of the local plumber. Vying
for her affection is the brash yet handsome Ryan, who pursues
her constantly. When Tom is forced to hire a plumber for an urgent
job, Cathy completes the plumbing job in place of her sick father.
Things don't get off to a godd start as Cathy's blunt honesty
over her employers personality traits are hard for Tom to swallow.
Gradually Tom learns that it
is only when he behaves badly that Cathy sees him as ugly and
love blossoms between the pair. Cathy flees the Manor and returns
to the village when Tom reverts to being a snobbish recluse.
He misses her desperately and realises that if he is to win Cathy
back he is going to have to break the habit of a lifetime and
conquer his inhibitions.
- Tom Fitzhenry - Martin Clunes
- Cathy - Sienna Guillory
- Robbins - Peter Vaughan
- Mrs Robbins - Gwenllian Davies
- Bernard - Sam Kelly
- Ryan Wilson - Cristian Solimeno
- Steve - Cornelius Booth
OF FRIDGES written
by Tim Firth
Dedicated to Jack Rosenthal
Produced by Baby Cow
Marl Benton plays Alan, Assistant Manager of Electrical Superstore,
Rocket, who gets the chance to be Store Manager on a busy Bank
Holiday whilst his boss is off.
However, it seems his boss
has laid a trap for Alan in the shape of Frank, played by Richard
Wilson, a mid sixties bloke on a trainee scheme. Alan is faced
with overseeing a man who knows nothing about electrical goods
on the busiest day of the year.
The staff become convinced
Frank is a spy sent from Head office. Alan becomes paranoid that
this ham-fisted berk is in fact a skillful operator in disguise,
assessing Alan's management potential and his whole attitude
towards him changes. Events prove that Frank is a ham-fisted
berk when he sets the store on fire. In this most extreme of
situation, the two grow to embody different attitudes towards
ambition and happiness in life.
- Alan - Mark Benton
- Frank - Richard Wilson
- Chloe - Joan Kempson
- Iris - Anna Keaveney
The DVDs of Von Trapped, Beauty and King of Fridges are available.
Other scripts, CDs and DVDs of Tim Firth's work are also available.