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In Love with Barbara (2008)

In the 1970s we see the redoubtable and eccentric Barbara Cartland, prolific author of hundreds of romantic novels, being interviewed on television, where she expresses anti-feminist views.... See full summary »


Tim Whitby


Jacquetta May
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Credited cast:
Julie Barclay Julie Barclay ... Chat Show Guest
India Skye Beale India Skye Beale ... Raine - aged 3
Sarah Buckland Sarah Buckland ... Judy - the secretary
Tom Burke ... Ronald Cartland
Philip Childs Philip Childs ... TV interviewer
Elliot Cowan ... Sacchie McCorquodale
Hugh Holman Hugh Holman ... Camerman
Sinead Matthews ... Young Barbara
Jacquetta May Jacquetta May ... Polly Cartland
Christopher Naylor Christopher Naylor ... Hugh McCorquodale
Sam Pamphilon Sam Pamphilon ... Journalist
Robert Portal ... Ian McCorquodale
Anne Reid ... Barbara Cartland
Stella Ross Stella Ross ... Chat show host
Rebekah Staton ... Helen


In the 1970s we see the redoubtable and eccentric Barbara Cartland, prolific author of hundreds of romantic novels, being interviewed on television, where she expresses anti-feminist views. Despite being reminded that she was a working journalist in the 1920s, she clings to her view that what women really want is a romantic husband. Back home she bars women wearing trousers from her house, frustrates Ian, her son and literary agent, by announcing that she is to make an album of love songs and advises her friend, Louis Mountbatten, uncle of the queen, as to a healthy diet, with plenty of ginseng. As she dictates her latest book to a secretary, the action moves backwards and forwards between the 1970s and Barbara's young life. Her family was once very wealthy but fell upon hard times and Polly, Barbara's mother, always told her that she would marry a duke. However, she marries a drunk who is rough in bed and has a mistress, and she retreats into writing as an escape from him. Ultimately... Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

26 October 2008 (UK) See more »

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Men Are Wonderful See more »

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Quickfire Media See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Sweet Film
17 February 2014 | by DoINeedT0See all my reviews

This was a really lovely film. Frankly, I was a bit bored at the beginning and it took a while to get started, but then I was genuinely taken in with the story line, the parts that I understood that is-some of it was a little unclear. The characters were played wonderfully; by Anne Reid, Tom Burke and Elliot Cowan (or Christopher Naylor-not sure which one completely). There were some quite funny bits actually-the drunk husband and also some bits pulled hard at those heart stings. The flash backs added another depth to the film and were very intriguing, my favourite bits actually. The excerpts of voiced over stories had some lovely true meanings that can be taken away after watching. I would certainly recommend this as one to watch just for a bit of fun.

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