How do we get a pantomime cow on set. Jeez, the rigours of satire.

— Mel Smith

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I directed before I was even in television;

I directed in the theatre for seven years, so that was my trade anyway. But in the UK, I've given up any hope of being considered a director.

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I don't think London has been given enough credit in a lot of the movies that we make here.

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But in the UK, I've given up any hope of being considered a director.

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It's a pragmatist's business, comedy.

Start off with good intentions and references to the Pompidou Centre and you end up with boiled sweets and a pantomime cow.

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In this film, we took a helicopter up and showed London as a vista, which is not very often done.

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The funny thing is, London is an incredibly interesting city.

It's very sexy and it's very different, with the Thames winding through it like a snake.

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I never met Barbara Cartland. But now that I'm working on her life, I wish I had. I think there was a lot of pathos in it and I'm intrigued by her.

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