The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4)

The Secret Life of Sue Townsend (Aged 68 3/4)


"Perhaps when I am famous and my diary is discovered people will understand the torment of being a 13¾-year-old undiscovered intellectual," wrote the brilliant Adrian Mole in 1982 - and thanks to his creator Sue Townsend, understand we do. This marvellous, sensitive film looks at the life of Townsend, whose Adrian Mole series (and other works) distinguished her as one of Britain's finest, most incisive comic talents.

Born and raised in Leicester, she stayed there until her death in 2014. This profile combines contributions from famous fans, family members, and old friends with unseen archive footage to reveal Townsend as a force to be reckoned with - a proud champion of the working-class and an acerbic wit even in the throes of the heartbreaking illness and sight loss that plagued her later years.


Julie Walters narrates a profile of the author and creator of Adrian Mole. Sue Townsend left school at 14 with no qualifications, and was struggling to support three children when her writing career began. The critical and commercial success of the first Adrian Mole book led to her becoming one of the best-selling writers of the 1980s. Featuring contributions from friends, family, comedians and writers she inspired, and pupils at her former school, as well as entries from her own diary, documenting her struggles with ill health.

Cast & Crew

Narrator Julie Walters
Contributor Stephen Mangan
Contributor Isy Suttie
Contributor Adrian Scarborough
Contributor Ian Hislop
Contributor David Nicholls
Director Jude Ho
Executive Producer Richard Bright
Producer Jude Ho
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