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Adrian Mole - The Cappuccino Years (2001)

Adrian Mole - The Cappuccino Years

A comedy-drama by Sue Townsend, adapted from her novel, and first broadcast from 2 February - 9 March 2001, 9.30pm (BBC1).

Running time: 3 hours (broadcast as six 30-minute episodes)


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Author Sue Townsend first showed Adrian Mole's secret diary to the world during the 1980s, when her comic creation was a troubled teenager, madly in love with his ambitious schoolfriend, Pandora Braithwaite. 

In satire The Cappuccino Years, Adrian returns as a dissatisfied thirty-something, on the eve of the 1997 general election.  He is still infatuated with high-flying Pandora, but she is preoccupied by her campaign to become a New Labour MP. 

Spurred on by the prevailing mood of optimism as the party enjoys a landslide victory, Adrian's mother, the ever restless Pauline, embarks on an affair with Pandora's father, Ivan.  When Pandora's quirky mother, Tania, invites Adrian's father, George, to stay, more partner swapping ensues! 

Meanwhile, struggling single-father Adrian dreams of joining the intelligentsia, and his childhood sweetheart discovers that the path to political power is a rockier road than she had imagined.


Adrian Mole ... Stephen Mangan
Pauline Mole ... Alison Steadman
George Mole ... Alun Armstrong
Rosie Mole ... Melissa Batchelor
William Mole ... Harry Tomes
Pandora Braithwaite ... Helen Baxendale
Tania Braithwaite ... Zo Wanamaker
Ivan Braithwaite ... James Hazeldine
Glenn Bott ... Alexander De'Ath
Sharon Bott ... Ruth Jones
Mrs Parvez ... Jamila Massey
Nigel Hetherington ... Roderic Culver
Peter Savage ... Keith Allen
Luigi ... Joseph Long
Malcolm ... Barry Farrimond
Justine ... Lynne Lowton
Zippo Montefiore ... James Wilby
Archie Tait ... Joseph O'Connor
Marcus ... Tony Haase
Mohammed ... Rohit Gokani
Brick Eagleburger ... Sam Douglas
Eleanor Flood ... Pooky Quesnel


Director: Sandy Johnson
Producers: Sue Townsend and Sarah Smith
Executive Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Cinematography: Alasdair Walker
Production Designer: Gillian Miles
Costume Designer: Aideen Morgan
Make-up Designer: Fran Needham
Make-up Artist: Benita Barrell

Press coverage

'Adrian Mole Returns to the Screen' - Guardian


Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years by Sue Townsend

Related links

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years guide - British TV Comedy

Adrian Mole: The Cappuccino Years production information - IMDB

Adrian Mole TV series guide - BBC Comedy

Adrian Mole novels - Penguin Books

Adrian Mole background information - BBC h2g2

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