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Ladies Of Letters. Image shows from L to R: Vera Small (Anne Reid), Irene Spencer (Maureen Lipman). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Ladies Of Letters

ITV3 comedy drama / sitcom. 20 episodes (2 series), 2009 - 2010. Stars Maureen Lipman, Anne Reid, Morag Siller, Daniel Crowder, Paul Chahidi, Natasha Redhead, Lee Boardman and others.

Series 1, Episode 2

Irene shows off her new man to Vera.

Full synopsis

Ladies Of Letters. Image shows from L to R: Bill (Christopher Scoular), Vera Small (Anne Reid). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

While Vera battles with builders, Irene is being romanced. Bill - a widower - has been paying her 'attention' and she's enjoying every minute. Feeling neglected and a tad jealous, Vera nonetheless agrees to invite the two of them to lunch, and Irene prepares to show off her dapper new lothario. Things go much too well. Bill and Vera get on famously, and Irene is furious. Her thank you letter is so cheerful it hurts. Vera is oblivious to the undercurrent, and the two embark on an exchange about Christmas - not far away now.

Irene doesn't hear from Bill over the festive season, but he drops in on Vera. They had a very jolly time and took a trip up to look at the nuclear power plant, where he suggested that it might be fun for the three of them to go away for a weekend together.

This turns out to be a disaster. The two ladies don't write to one another for two years. Did Bill really mean to book them all into the bridal suite? What was Vera doing in bed with him when Irene turned up? Why did Irene storm off? And anyway, he's married a much younger woman now. Both ladies are feeling lonely. Irene's daughter is thinking of moving to Australia. Vera's daughter is truculent and secretive about her on/off 'relationship', and her son Howard is always off with his friend Anthony.

Maybe the two ladies could get back together again. Give it another go. After all - who else have they got?

Broadcast details

Date
Tuesday 10th February 2009
Time
10pm
Channel
ITV3
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Maureen Lipman Irene Spencer
    Anne Reid Vera Small
    Guest cast
    Christopher Scoular Bill
    Writing team
    Lou Wakefield Writer
    Carole Hayman Writer
    Production team
    John Henderson Director
    Geoffrey Perkins Producer
    Francis Matthews Producer
    Sophie Clarke-Jervoise Executive Producer
    David Yardley Editor
    Heather Gibson Production Designer
    Mark Thomas Composer

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