The Trouble With Maggie Cole. Image shows from L to R: Jill Wheadon (Julie Hesmondhalgh), Maggie Cole (Dawn French). Copyright: Genial Productions
The Trouble With Maggie Cole

The Trouble With Maggie Cole

  • TV comedy drama
  • ITV
  • 2020
  • 6 episodes (1 series)

Dawn French stars as a woman in small town who makes it her business to know a bit about everyone's lives. Also features Mark Heap, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Vicki Pepperdine, Patrick Robinson, Phil Dunster and more.

The Trouble With Maggie Cole. Image shows from L to R: Jill Wheadon (Julie Hesmondhalgh), Karen Saxton (Vicki Pepperdine), Marcus Ormansby (Patrick Robinson), Jamie Cole (Phil Dunster), Becka Cole (Gwyneth Keyworth), Maggie Cole (Dawn French), Peter Cole (Mark Heap). Copyright: Genial Productions

Key details

Genre
Comedy Drama
Broadcast
2020
Channels
ITV
Episodes
6 (1 series)
Stars
Dawn French, Mark Heap, Julie Hesmondhalgh, Vicki Pepperdine, Patrick Robinson, Phil Dunster, Gwyneth Keyworth, Chetna Pandya and more
Writers
Mark Brotherhood and Maya Sondhi
Director
Ben Gregor
Producers
Joanna Hanley, Angela Sinden, Sophie Clarke-Jervoise, Dawn French, Mark Brotherhood, Saskia Schuster and Rachel Alabaster
Companies

The Trouble With Maggie Cole is set in a picturesque small coastal town with a close-knit community. It follows the stories and fall out for Maggie, who doesn't pay attention to the cautionary adage that "those in glass houses shouldn't throw stones".

Maggie is a central figure in the town, who makes it her business to know a bit about everyone's lives. When a radio journalist interviews her for a small reportage piece about local life she gives him far more detail (and embellishment) about the locals and their personal lives than he was counting on. In the days and weeks following the show's broadcast, Maggie sees the butterfly effect of how her very public gossip-fest affects various figures around the town and disrupts their lives.

Maggie has been happily married to headmaster Peter for nearly 40 years, and their son Jamie and his wife Becka live nearby. Other notable residents include Maggie's best friend Jill; Brian the publican; school secretary Karen; the town's GP Carol; local shopkeepers Emil and Roxanna; and Kelly who works in the hair salon. Also part-time-resident is the handsome Marcus, who rents a cottage to write his best-selling novels.

Additional details

Also known as
  • Glass Houses (Original announced title)
Production
Location
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

Website links

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 4th March 2020 at 9pm on ITV
Most recent repeats
  • Thursday 28th April 2022 at 1:35am on ITV3 - Episode 6
  • Thursday 28th April 2022 at 12:40am on ITV3 - Episode 5
  • Wednesday 27th April 2022 at 1:05am on ITV3 - Episode 4

Recording details

  • Devon - South Devon filming

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