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Rita, Sue and Bob Too (1987)

Shamelessly stark social comedy by director Alan Clarke adapted from two controversial plays by the teenage playwright Andrea Dunbar. A bawdy 80s farce of politically incorrect hilarity handled with sympathy, leaving the viewer wondering who is exploiting whom.

Rita (Siobhan Finneran) and Sue (Michelle Holmes) are two teenage schoolgirls who live on a rundown Bradford housing estate.

To earn a little extra money they babysit on a weekly basis for Michelle and Bob, a middle-class suburban couple that lives nearby.

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One evening, instead of driving the baby-sitters home, lecherous Bob (George Costigan) decides the only way to get around his wife’s boredom with sex is to arrange a ménage a trois in his car with the two brassy teens – a cosy arrangement that suits all three until Rita gets pregnant.

Bob’s extra-marital affair manoeuvres on the Yorkshire moors soon prove costly when his other half (Lesley Sharp) leaves after getting wind of his shenanigans through local gossip.

Rita moves in with Bob while Sue enters into an unsatisfying relationship with Asian boyfriend Aslam (Kulvindar Ghir). The two teens realise they were happier sharing Bob and go back to a love triangle.

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Sue
Michelle Holmes
Rita

Siobhan Finneran
Bob

George Costigan
Michelle

Lesley Sharp
Aslam

Kulvinder Ghir
Sue’s Father

Willie Ross
Sue’s Mother

Patti Nicholls
Paddy

Danny O’Dea

Director
Alan Clarke