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Jane Horrocks On her role as Mrs Pritchard

“Mrs Pritchard is a people person who runs her life and her shop with the kind of friendly efficiency that makes her loved by everyone she meets. She's the voice of reason with the ability to cut through the flim flam of politics.”

“When I read the script it touched a nerve. So many people don't feel involved any more and find politics so dull that they don't even bother voting. I haven't voted at the last two elections for that reason, which is outrageous, but I know I am not alone.”

“That's why I think this could be quite an important piece of drama because it might get people talking about politics again and becoming more interested in what is going on. As a result of doing it, I will certainly be taking a greater interest at the next election.”

“I don't know if a woman would necessarily make a better prime minister than a man. The reason why Mrs Pritchard is, potentially, a good prime minister is that she is an honest person and a people person. She really cares about what the public wants unlike, it seems, many politicians today.

”I only hope that people don't think I really am the Prime Minister, although I know there are people around who will be daft enough to think I am!”

“If it is a success I don't know how I will deal with the attention. Mrs Pritchard does look more like me than any other character I have played. In the past I've always managed to avoid being recognised until I open my mouth."

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