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The Next Best Thing

Synopsis

We have produced a Style Guide to help editors follow a standard format when editing a listing. If you are unsure how best to edit this programme please take a moment to read it.
Comedy drama starring Madonna and Rupert Everett.

Yoga instructor Abbie confesses to her gay best friend Robert that she desperately wants a child. One night the pair get drunk, sleep together and Abbie becomes pregnant. Robert agrees to move in and help bring up the child, but the cosy arrangement becomes complicated after Abbie meets the wonderful Ben.
Review page 49.
(2000, 12)

Contributors

Director: John Schlesinger
Abbie: Madonna
Robert: Rupert Everett
Elizabeth Ryder: Illeana Douglas
Kevin: Michael Vartan
Richard Whittaker: Josef Sommer
Sam: Malcolm Stumpf
Helen Whittaker: Lynn Redgrave
Ben Cooper: Benjamin Bratt
David Neil: Patrick Harris
Annabel: Suzanne Krull

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