"Debra Moggach’s novel and Ol Parker illuminated much more in the script that he made her a rounded character and not just an out and out 2 dimensional person that is easy to sort of kick off from for the other characters. It is always easy then that you sort of have some hate thing which everyone can then sort of laugh at where is actually where he made her far more complicated than that. And she’s not really a villian she’s just terribly unhappy. And when you’re unhappy yourself it’s very difficult to find happiness or enjoyment in anything, really, or in other people’s enjoyment. You can’t really see because you’re having such a difficult time yourself. And I can relate to that I think that everyone has been through a time when life has been difficult and it’s very hard to see any joy and hopefully these things don’t last too long and perhaps Jean will find another life." — Penelope Wilton.