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Genre  Drama
Country of origin  United Kingdom
First episode date  11 April 2010
Network  BBC One
Written by  Kay Mellor
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Composer(s)  Mark Bradshaw
Original language(s)  English
Final episode date  18 April 2010
Number of episodes  2
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Directed by  Antonia Bird Kay Mellor
Starring  Billie Piper Theo James Joe Armstrong Sue Johnston Kelly Harrison
Cast  Theo James, Billie Piper, Sue Johnston, Andrew‑Lee Potts, Alun Armstrong
Similar  Bedlam, Golden Boy, Room at the Top, Fat Friends, Case Sensitive

A Passionate Woman is a British two-part Drama mini-series that aired on BBC One from 11 to 18 April 2010.


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Piper plays Betty Stevenson, a 1950s mother who is married to Donald (Joe Armstrong). Together they have one baby, but Betty is bored and falls in love with her Polish neighbour, Alex Crazenovski (Craze), played by Theo James. The two begin an affair and Craze sends a letter to Betty asking her to run away with him. She responds in kind and her letter is found by Craze's pregnant wife, who promptly seeks him out at the fairground where he works and shoots him dead. With her lover dead, Betty continues her life with Donald.

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The story then moves forward to the 1980s where Betty's son, Mark (Andrew Lee Potts), is getting married and her affair becomes public knowledge. In episode one, largely set in the 1950s, Bille Piper plays Betty. In episode two, largely set in the 1980s, Sue Johnston plays Betty.


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Kay Mellor was inspired to write the story after her own mother confessed to having an affair with a Polish neighbour in the 1950s when Mellor's mother and father lived in a poorer area of Leeds. Just like the story, the unnamed Pole was killed which ended her mother's affair which she had kept secret for 30 years before revealing all. Mellor explained that with her mother being dead for three years, it was a way of bringing her back to life.

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The work was originally a play that had first been performed at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 1992 before moving on to the West End. Mellor admitted that the film rights had been mooted but she feared the production would end up with '...Cher on a roof-top in Detroit.'

Filming locations

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Screen Yorkshire invested £250,000 in the programme and supplied crew for the filming locations. External scenes were filmed at Roundhay Park, Hyde Terrace, Hyde Park Cinema, Blenheim Square and the City Centre Market in Leeds with additional filming undertaken in Bradford and Ilkley. Other parts were also recorded at Studio 81 in Leeds.


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