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In 2006, a different kind of drama came to our screens in the form of a mini series. Tha Amazing Mrs Pritchard was a drama series with a political story behind it, but was also rather unlikely and we were all reminded that it was merely a drama, and to treat it like one. It would have attracted any political types at the time, and if you are interested in politics of any sort, you should give this a watch - if you get the chance.
Brit favourite Jane Horrocks stars as Mrs Pritchard, a supermarket manager who one day, following a ridiculous political argument between two people in the supermarket, decides to grab the bull by the horns and jokingly make a political statement by running for a place in Parliament. Thinking it will all blow over, she is surprised when an overwhelming number of people make a stand on her behalf and lend her their support.
The drama unfolds after each episode shows the political trail and how it affects personal and professional life, and Horrocks does a good job of showing a rollercoaster of emotions, not knowing whether to stick with her beliefs and also stick to her guns and finish what she started, or to do the bidding of her family, who just want her back as she was.
Although the acting itself is good, it seems a rather farcical drama in terms of how it is all pieced together and the unlikeliness of such an event ever occurring let alone the candidate making such a potentially strong political run with little or no principles other than giving the people what they want. It has little or no place in reality, and must be treated as a drama, particularly towards the end, when she finds out that, despite her initial thoughts and campaign slogans, politics may be akin to rocket science after all!
I do recommend giving this a go, as it is good entertainment, despite the unlikeliness of it happening. However, in today's political climate, anything could be possible! The one problem with watching this is that, since its airing in 2006, it hasn't been reaired on any BBC channels, and the DVD is only available in an American Region 1 format, the BBC showing a reluctance to release it in DVD form. But if you can get a hold of a copy, it's worth a watch.
As something of a political geek, I was hooked from the very first episode of The Amazing Mrs Pritchard.
It's a BBC drama - one of the few that makes you go "Aha! THAT'S where my license fee went!" Jane Horrocks is the star of the show as a manager, a supermarket manager who gets annoyed during a General Election by representatives of the political parties arguing in her store. Mostly because she IS annoyed she decides to create her own political party and stand for the election herself, on the principle that they shouldn't make things sound so complex - after all, politics isn't rocket science!
She manages to capture the mood of the nation and is subsequently elected, taking over from Tony Blair much to her own surprise. And at that point (as you discover in the rest of the series) she discovers it really MIGHT be rocket science after all.
This program is fantastic, funny, and brilliantly topical - a real BBC 1. The only problem with it? There's no second season planned, they haven't reshown the first season since its first airing in 2006, and if you want the DVD you'll have to order it from the USA - the BBC hasn't released it here (although Amazon.com currently offer it for $34.99).
It's a shame, and while it IS well-worth ordering the series from the US (because it is a great series) I wish the Beeb would have the confidence to release it here too.
Come on, BBC! It's not rocket science!
A woman with no previous political experience makes it to the big league by becoming Prime Minister of the United Kingdom.