Ladies of Letters

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  • 2009
  • 2 Seasons
  • 8.1  (242)

Ladies of Letters is a British television show that premiered in 2009 on Acorn TV. The show is based on the popular radio series of the same name, which was created by Carole Hayman and Lou Wakefield. The show has three seasons and a total of 15 episodes. The show is a dark comedy that follows the lives of two pen pals who start writing to each other and form a deep and sometimes bizarre relationship.

The two pen pals are played by Anne Reid and Maureen Lipman. Anne Reid plays Vera, a middle-aged widow who is a bit of a busybody and likes to stick her nose into other people's business. Maureen Lipman plays Irene, a middle-aged divorcee who is a bit of a prima donna and always wants things to go her way. The two women have nothing in common except for the fact that they are both lonely and looking for someone to talk to.

The show starts with Vera and Irene accidentally being assigned to each other as pen pals. At first, they don't get along at all and are constantly bickering and arguing with each other. However, as they continue to write to each other, they start to form a bond and become friends. They start to confide in each other about their personal lives and share their hopes and dreams.

As the show progresses, the two women get involved in each other's lives in ways they never thought possible. They start to help each other out with their problems and even travel to meet each other in person. They become each other's confidants and sounding boards, often giving each other advice and support.

One of the unique aspects of the show is that it is entirely written in the form of letters. The women write to each other about everything that is happening in their lives, and the audience gets to hear their thoughts and feelings through their letters. The letters are often humorous, poignant, and sometimes downright bizarre.

Another aspect of the show that makes it stand out is the strong performances from the two lead actresses. Anne Reid and Maureen Lipman have great chemistry together, and their performances are both funny and touching. Reid's portrayal of Vera is particularly impressive, as she is able to balance her character's quirky behavior with her underlying sadness and loneliness.

The supporting cast of the show is also excellent, with Morag Siller playing Vera's nosy neighbor, Howard, and Daniel Ryan playing Irene's love interest, Jim. Both Siller and Ryan bring a lot of humor and heart to their roles, and their interactions with the two main characters add a lot to the show.

Overall, Ladies of Letters is a well-written and well-acted show that is both funny and touching. It explores themes of loneliness, friendship, and the power of the written word. The show is perfect for anyone looking for a unique and quirky comedy-drama that will make them laugh and tug at their heartstrings.

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Episode 10
10. Episode 10
November 16, 2010
Harsh words are exchanged by letter after Irene accuses Vera of being controlling and the upcoming wedding causes even more tension between the ladies of letters.
Episode 9
9. Episode 9
November 9, 2010
Vera is enjoying life in her flat, taking dance lessons from her African neighbor, Sara. Irene is less happy with her situation in Australia, and is in agreement with Vera that she should return to England.
Episode 8
8. Episode 8
November 2, 2010
Vera and Sabrina sell the trailer and move into a flat. Irene minds the baby as Lesley and Karen go clubbing together, and Vera learns about the baby€™s real father.
Episode 7
7. Episode 7
October 26, 2010
Irene confesses to Vera the truth about how she ended up in the mental ward, and Karen gives birth to a little boy, two months earlier than expected.
Episode 6
6. Episode 6
October 19, 2010
Vera does her best to get her trailer full of the necessary number of fire extinguishers to ensure she gets custody of Sabrina. Irene, unable to recognize Lesley, writes to Vera for help to spring her from the mental hospital.
Episode 5
5. Episode 5
May 10, 2010
After a relaxing stay at a health farm, Vera is back taking care of Sabrina for the ever-absent Karen, and gets a visit from Social Services. Lonely Irene starts to write poetry.
Episode 4
4. Episode 4
May 3, 2010
In Australia, Irene faces a daily battle with possums as she strives to keep the house clean. Vera looks after grand-daughter whilst Karen goes off for a weekend.
Episode 3
3. Episode 3
April 26, 2010
It's Vera's birthday, which she celebrates with her son and his partner and assorted colourful inhabitants from the trailer park. Irene sends her a letter, and is being romanced by Kevin, who takes her to dinner for her own birthday.
Episode 2
2. Episode 2
April 19, 2010
Vera moves into a caravan on a resort, but Irene sends her a harsh letter, causing Vera to inflict damage on the caravan site. Irene decides to go and stay with her daughter in Australia.
Episode 1
1. Episode 1
April 12, 2010
Five years after their European holiday ended in a bust-up, Irene invites Vera to the funeral of mutual ex- Bill Snapes, where they strive to outdo each other in glamorous outfits. When Vera injures herself dancing at the wake, Irene becomes her reluctant carer.
  • Premiere Date
    February 3, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.1  (242)