Emma’s role: Maggie Chester
Directed by: Kenneth Branagh
Screenplay by: Rita Rudner and Martin Bergmann
Release date: UK – 13 November 1992, US – 25 December 1992
Hugh Laurie – Roger Charleston
Kenneth Branagh – Andrew Benson
Stephen Fry – Peter Morton
Alphonsia Emmanuel – Sarah Johnson
Imelda Staunton – Mary Charleston
Richard Briers – Lord Morton
Phyllida Law – Vera
Seven friends in an acting troupe graduate from Cambridge University in 1982 and go their separate ways. Ten years later, Peter inherits a large estate from his father, and invites the rest of the gang to spend New Year’s holiday with him. Many changes have taken place in the lives of all the friends assembled, but Peter has a secret that will shock them all.
Phyllida Law, who plays Vera the housekeeper in the movie, is Emma Thompson’s mother.
Several members of the leading cast did actually attend university together. Stephen Fry, Emma Thompson, Hugh Laurie, and Tony Slattery met when they were members of the Cambridge Footlights Amateur Dramatic Club.