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Fairy Tales: Cinderella (S1EP2 BBC 17 Jan 2008, James Nesbitt)

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Cinderella: Cinderella is set inside a bustling university and asks the question; who was really responsible for the evolution of the human race – man or woman?

This delightful rom-com features the devilishly charismatic Professor Prince (James Nesbitt), who believes that man was the reason that we are all here today, and university cleaner Cindy (Maxine Peake), who, despite her lack of academic education, is determined to prove him wrong.

When the opportunity arises to become Professor Prince’s assistant on a research trip to Borneo, students Phoebe (Lucinda Raikes, The Thick Of It) and Fenola (Lucy Punch, St Trinian’s) are determined to impress both Professor Prince and Professor Brooks (Harriet Walter, Bright Young Things).

However, Cindy’s desperate to be considered and looks to fellow cleaner Alice (Mona Hammond, EastEnders) for inspiration.

Cast: James Nesbitt (Professor Hans M. Prince), Maxine Peake (Cindy Mellor), Harriet Walter (Professor Charlotte Brooks), Mona Hammond (Alice), Lucy Punch (Fenola Gay), Lucinda Raikes (Phoebe), Angus Barnett (Wolf), Ian McElhinney (Ralph Graham), Saoirse O’Dwyer (Student), John Hewitt (Barry)

Writer: Anil Gupta, Richard Pinto / Director: Peter Lydon

Original Airdate: 17 Jan 2008 on BBC
Series: Fairy Tales Season 1 Episode 2