Freddie and Max

Season 1 Episode 2

Episode Two

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Aired Monday 8:00 PM Nov 19, 1990 on ITV
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With Max having made no progress with work on the memoirs, the publishers feel that she is in breach of contract, and demand back the advance money paid to her. Fortunately, Freddie and Max have a late night chat about Max's past, and Freddie combines that and an interview with Anatol Medved, one of Max's early directors, to produce a sample chapter. The publishers are pleased with the results, but Max is less so - she believes that Freddie has abused her trust, and fires her. However, on reading the sample chapter she is happier, and persuades an unhappy Freddie to continue working on the memoirs; she even gives Freddie her letters and diaries to work from.moreless

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      • Max (of ex-husband Brett): "There was a strong rumour when he was on location in Encenada that they found him in bed with his stunt double. I can believe it. Brett would have loved the thought of screwing himself."

      • Malcolm: [The publishers] don't believe the book is going to happen. They want their money back, Max.
        Max: It's awfully naive of them to think there's any left.

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      • Max's first film with husband Brett was called The Raging Heart, directed by Anatol Medved. Freddie watches a clip of this, and it seems to be a genuine clip of an Anne Bancroft film. I've no idea which one it would be, but some of Anne's dialogue in the clip is: "The way you treat people, the way you think about them. All you can focus on is the cold outside of things, the simple facts, not any causes or whys or wherefores."Any takers?

      • Charlotte Coleman, as Freddie, wears a black leather jacket and five-pointed star necklace, that are clearly the actress's own, as they appear in other productions and photographs (most notably in Janna, where are you?, an episode of Scene in which Coleman played Soo). In an interview, Coleman recalled Bancroft's admiration of her dress sense. "That's lovely, is it Armani?" "No - it's Oxfam."

      • Max and Freddie are staying at the Savoy hotel. For the most part, all that is seen of the real Savoy on screen is some establishing shots of the outside. Despite this, advance publicity for the series (in May 1990) described it as being Britain's most expensive sitcom, at £2 million for six episodes. £750,000 of that went on Anne Bancroft.

      • Freddie rents a computer to work on the memoirs. It's a Macintosh. Oz, in series 3 of Auf Wiedersehen Pet (another series written by Clement and la Frenais) is also a Mac user.

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