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Miss Marie Lloyd: Queen of the Music Hall

Duration: 1 hour, 20 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC FourLatest broadcast: on BBC Four

Costume drama inspired by the life and loves of London's East End music hall legend Marie Lloyd.

Spotted by Percy Courtney, her true love and first husband, Marie is soon topping the bill. However, fame takes its toll on the marriage and it ends bitterly. As Marie struggles to juggle her private and public life she falls out with lifelong friend/dresser Freddie and into the arms of fellow performer, the dependable Alec Hurley.

Marie leads a music hall strike and triumphs, but at home she tires of Alec's humdrum ways. Sticking to the principle, as sung, that A Little of What You Fancy Does You Good, Marie chases the champagne lifestyle, taking up with toyboy jockey Bernard Dillon. Respectable society is scandalised and Marie is dropped from the Royal Command Performance, but hits back with an alternative Command Performance.

Riding high professionally but battling failing health and with her personal life in tatters and splashed across the newspapers, she begins to buckle. A faithful but helpless Freddie stands by as Marie is determined that the show must go on. Show less

Contributors

Marie Lloyd:
Jessie Wallace
Percy Courtney:
Richard Armitage
Freddie:
Lee Williams
Bernard:
Tom Payne
Alec Hurley:
Matthew Marsh
The Showman:
Shaun Parkes
Mrs Chant:
Amanda Root
Mr Belafonte:
Angus Barnett
Nelly Powers:
Annette Badland
Tilly Wood:
Star Ella Jones
Producer:
Rhonda Smith
Director:
James Hawes
Bailiff:
Tim Faraday
Councillor 2:
Michael Mears
Solicitor:
James Puddephat
Dan Leno:
Martin Savage
Councillor 1:
Shaughan Seymour

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