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Happy Families


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A six-part comedy series written by BEN ELTON starring with and 4: Joyce
... It must be a really terrible thing to be a nun locked up in a closed order with a seriously annoying novice like Joyce. However,
Novice Joyce has seen The Sound of Music ... and likes being a nun, so to get her home Guy will have to be really clever which, unfortunately, is out of the question.
Designer MEL BIBBY
Produced and directed by PAUL JACKSON
BBC North West (R)


Written By: Ben Elton
Unknown: Novice Joyce
Designer: Mel Bibby
Directed By: Paul Jackson
the Fuddle Family: Jennifer Saunders
Guy: Adrian Edmondson
Cook: Dawn French
Dr de Quincy: Stephen Fry
Hospital patient: Josephine Antosz
Sister Prudence: Vikki Chambers
Shopkeeper: Mary Chester
Sister Ophelia: Ceri Jackson
Policeman: Arthur Smith
Mother Superior: Una Stubbs
Novice Mary: Sara Sugarman
Hospital sister: Amanda Symonds
Novice Catherine: Sarah Thomas
Jill: Claudette Williams

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