When the Blair government takes office in 1997, the difficult job of Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, trying to broker peace between sectarian factions, goes to Dr. Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam. With her no nonsense attitude, rough language, and liking for a drunk - not to mention the odd flasher's moment - she is equal to any man and totally committed to her role. However, she has cancer. The chemotherapy causes hair loss and she plays on this to defuse situations with humor. Unfortunately, the cancer will kill her within a few years, but Mo keeps this fact quiet in order to see her Northern Irish task through.
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Dame Julie Walters
shaved her head to reproduce Dr. Marjorie "Mo" Mowlam's hair loss due to the tumor, but she had to leave a small strip at the back for Mo's various wigs to which to be attached. See more
When she is Hillsborough for the first time it must be around 1997. The car that pulls into the drive is a Ford Mondeo Mk 3 which was not produced until 2000. See more
[Tony Blair is giving a speech and is thanking all the people who played a part in the Peace Talks. When he mentions Mo Mowlam's name, the audience get to their feet and cheer
I think I can say without fear of contradiction that's the first time there's been a standing ovation in the *middle* of a speech. And the person getting the ovation isn't even the person making the speech.