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The Amazing Mrs Pritchard (2006)

A movie directed by Catherine Morshead, Declan Lowney, and Simon Curtis

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I tried . . .

  • Nov 5, 2007
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. . . rather, my wife and I both tried . . . but neither of us could get excited about this series.

For me, as an historian who is NOT British, I can only surmise that the BBC assumes its viewers honestly don't understand the British political system. The premise that someone like Mrs. Pritchard could actually get elected requires an enormous suspension of disbelief -- and an ignorance of how the major parties in Britain operate. If someone like Mrs. Pritchard would run on a platform that fell somewhere between the Labour Party and the Liberal Democrats, the British political left would be so hopelessly divided as to ensure a Conservative shoo-in. That's how a parliamentary democracy works.

The anti-monarchist attitude portrayed (at times, rather rudely) throughout was also rather unbelievable. In reality, the anti-monarchist movement in Britain is quite small. There is no way "the people" (whomever they are supposed to be) would stand for the proposed wholesale dismantling of monarchy and tradition suggested.

"Mrs. Pritchard" also demonstrates (at least, to me) the tyranny of the radical far-left. Once in office, Mrs. Pritchard demonstrates (or at least attempts) what is essentially government by fiat. Whatever she wants, she forces -- all in the name of "the people".

Virtually every significant political, economic, social, or moral issue that could have been crammed into six episodes was crammed in! It was a little much for me!

Finally, as my wife complained, the second disk -- the final three episodes -- had far more in common with a soap opera than with a serious drama.

Two stars because truly the BBC does produce quality work. But this was so obviously agenda-driven in an offensive manner, that I can't give it more than that. (In all seriousness, if "Mrs. Pritchard" had been presented as a satire or as a farce, I would have found it much funnier!)

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review by . November 22, 2009
I confess that I'm not normally a fan of British shows. I end up watching a lot of them since I live with someone who finds everything the BBC produces to be wonderful. I, on the other hand, tend to use the time to catch up on my magazine reading.    But this show was pretty good - hooks your interest from the start and moves forward at a brisk pace. Performances are mainly good, with excellent performances by the supporting actors. My only disappointment was that the series …
review by . October 07, 2007
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The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard tells of the amazing story of the rise of Ros Pritchard from a grocery store manager to the Prime Minister's office. The slogan of her Purple Alliance is "Politics is not Rocket Science", but as she later discovers, there is definitely some intelligent thought invested in making split-second decisions.    I watched the series episodes one after the other as it was engaging enough to make me wonder what happened next. It also has some great actors - …
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The average British citizen feels alienated from his or her government in this 2006 six-part BBC miniseries and supermarket manager Ros Pritchard (Jane Horrocks) is fed up with the bureaucracy of British politics, the lack of involvement of British citizens, and the shenanigans of politicians whose campaigning degenerates into a common fist-fight outside her store. An impulsive statement to the media that "I could do better than you lot!" leads Mrs. Pritchard to run for Parliament in hopes of making the point that everyday people should get interested and involved in politics. Support for this everywoman candidate grows quickly, in spite of her husband Ian's (Steven Mackintosh) displeasure, and before she knows it, Mrs. Pritchard has won a seat in Parliament as a member of the newly formed "Purple Alliance." Although she knows virtually nothing about politics, Mrs. Pritchard is determined to make a positive difference in her country's government and, by surrounding herself with knowledgeable advisors, she implements a number of changes that range from inviting the public to contribute ideas to be incorporated into the Queen's speech to huge changes like relocating the government from London to a small town in the center of the UK and declaring car-free Wednesdays in order to take the lead in the fight against global warming. Through international crises, conflicts with her closest cabinet members, the bashing of herself and her family in the media, and personal difficulties ...
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DVD Release Date: October 30, 2007
Runtime: 354 minutes
Studio: Acorn Media Pub Inc
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