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Firm Friends (ITV 1992-1994, Billie Whitelaw, Madhur Jaffrey)

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In comedy drama series Firm Friends, middle aged Rose Gutteridge teams up with her house cleaner Jayshree Kapoor to start their own chain of fast food shops.

Madhur Jaffrey is best known as a highly regarded celebrity chef, with many books and TV series to her name but she has always acted, working several times with Merchant Ivory on films such as Shakespeare Wallah (1965) and The Assam Garden (1985). Firm Friends taps into her cooking career too of course – Jayshree and Rose’s business is selling cooked foods.

production details
UK / ITV – Tynes Tees – Zenith / 8×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 June 1992 – 18 August 1994

Writer: Lou Wakefield / Music: Barrington Pheloung / Producers: Jeff Rosenblatt (1992), Deidre Keir (1994) / Directors: David Hayman (1992), Sarah Harding (1994)

cast
Billie Whitelaw as Rose Gutteridge
Madhur Jaffrey as Jayshree Kapoor
Zohra Segal as Suvira Bhatia
Badi Uzzaman as Puran Kapoor
Michelle Holmes as Maggie Coles
Derek Fowlds as John Gutteridge
Tony Doyle as Michael Gutteridge
Alexander Morton as Detective Inspector Hogg
John McArdle as Peter Cresswell
Anne Reid as Wendy Holmes
David Quilter as Chris Freeman
Douglas Henshall as Stephen Gutteridge
Phillippa Wilson as Amanda Gutteridge
Kim Vithana as Sunita Kapoor
Maggie Ollerenshaw as Sheila Bigger