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Fear of Fanny
October 23rd, 2006
Before Delia or Nigella, the distaff side of British TV cookery was dominated by one person: the fearsome Fanny Cradock. Dressed like a drag queen and barking orders at her assistant-cum-husband Johnnie, Cradock terrified and delighted the nation in equal measure from the 1950s to the mid-70s.
Brian Fillis's dramatisation of Cradock's career is based on interviews with her friends and family, and reveals the private vulnerability behind her tart public persona. Not only a moving and inciteful portrait of this enduring culinary icon, it's a black comedy about family, food and heavily-applied foundation.
Nighty Night creator Julia Davis cakes on the make-up as Fanny; The League of Gentlemen's Mark Gatiss dons Johnnie's monocle. Also starring Nicholas Burns, Hayley Atwell, Claudie Blakely, Jason Watkins, Steven O'Neil, and Simon Greenall.
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