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The creaky nudge-nudge title gives us a steer –
is a comedy drama about women’s underwear parties. I think it’s meant to be a female Full Monty, but without the wit, fun and insight.
It’s 1982 and in Sheffield Steph (Sophie Rundle) is a cleaner with a dull husband who loses his job. The couple need to make ends meet so she answers an ad to sell Ann Summers sex aids at parties. Of course, her husband is narrow-minded and furious.
Steph’s employer, bored, lonely Pauline (Penelope Wilton), married to a pillar of the local community and “The Rotary”, rattles around in an unspeakably ugly house (it’s the 1980s, so everything has to look hideous). But she asserts herself – she’ll host the party!
There’s a terrific 80s soundtrack (Vienna! Love Action!) and if you like gags about vibrators, you’ll be in heaven.
Going against the wishes of her family, married mother-of-one Steph makes a life-changing decision to become an Ann Summers demonstrator and run parties selling exotic lingerie. She enlists the help of her new friend Nita and persuades well-to-do acquaintance Pauline to host an evening, but fears it might not really be the right crowd to sell to. Drama set in Sheffield in 1982, starring Sophie Rundle, Penelope Wilton, Angela Griffin and Sharon Rooney.
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