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Fay Weldon

The Cloning of Joanna May

+ Q&A with actor Patricia Hodge (work permitting)

Fay Weldon’s futuristic fable, directed by Philip Saville, tells of an unhealthy obsession.

Image from The Cloning of Joanna May + Q&A with actor Patricia Hodge (work permitting)

ITV 1992
Dir Philip Saville
With Patricia Hodge, Brian Cox, Peter Capaldi, James Purefoy
Parts 1&2 160min

Fay Weldon’s futuristic fable tells the story of Joanna May, a woman in her 40s who’s still obsessively in love with her estranged husband Carl, the director of a nuclear energy corporation. Carl, however, remains consumed by jealousy and bitterness after discovering her brief affair, and when Joanna unexpectedly visits him she discovers he’s used genetic engineering to clone three younger versions of her. This production reunited director Philip Saville, star Patricia Hodge and screenwriter Ted Whitehead from Weldon’s earlier The Life and Loves of a She-Devil.


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