Emma’s role: Druscilla
Directed by: Ben Elton
Screenplay by: Ben Elton
Release date: UK – 2 June 2000, US – 24 August 2001
Hugh Laurie – Sam Bell
Joely Richardson – Lucy Bell
Matthew Macfadyen – Nigel
Tom Hollander – Ewan Proclaimer
Rowan Atkinson – Mr. James
Kelly Reilly – Nimnh
Sam and Lucy Bell are a married couple who seem to have it all: good looks, successful careers and an enthusiastic love life. The only thing they lack is the one thing they want most – a baby. They try everything in their efforts to reproduce: New Age chanting, acupuncture, creative lovemaking… but all this hectic schedule achieves is improvement in their cardiovascular systems. Ovulation charts soon replace spontaneity, when the couple reluctantly deliver themselves into the hands of medical professionals. At the same time, as Sam comes to find his job increasingly unfulfilling, he sets his sights on writing a screenplay, but writer’s block strikes. Encouraged to ‘look within’ by his hippie friend Druscilla, Sam is inspired: he will write a comedy about a couple trying for a baby!
Emma Thompson was on the set for only one day.