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Screen Two: Femme Fatale (S9EP4 BBC2 7 Feb 1993, Donald Pleasence, Simon Callow)



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In Simon Gray scripted comedy drama Femme Fatale the arrival of beautiful Italian woman Maddalena has a disturbing effect on the men of sleepy Devon village Meryton. She soon has every man lusting after her and some are even prepared to kill to get her.

Femme Fatale was Simon Gray’s sixth and last script for Screen Two. A strong cast included a rare TV appearance for Donald Pleasence and there were key roles for Colin Welland and Simon Callow but there were familiar faces all through the cast. The most unfamiliar turned out to be Maddalena herself, played by newcomer Sophia Diaz (this was only her second TV credit). Despite a strong performance here her acting career never eventuated to much.

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 7 February 1993

Series: Screen Two Season 9 Episode 4

Writer: Simon Gray / Producer: Kenith Trodd / Director: Udayan Prasad

Simon Callow as Vicar Ronnie
Donald Pleasence as Victor
Colin Welland as Harty
Sophia Diaz as Maddalena
James Fleet as Algie
Jacqueline Tong as Mary-Jane
Patsy Rowlands as Mrs Harty
Jason Durr as Davey Harty
Margery Mason as Mrs Armitage
Rosalie Crutchley as Mrs Birt
Al Hunter Ashton as First Cop
Antonello Squadrito as Mama
Roberto Nobile as Papa
Ricardo Velez as Paolo
Anna Mazzotti as Waitress
Stewart Harwood as Second Cop