1 9 9 2 (UK)
2 x 80 minute episodes
This Granada Television miniseries starred Patricia Hodge as Joanna May, a wealthy woman in her forties, who is obsessively in love with her estranged husband Carl (Brian Cox), who is the director of a nuclear energy corporation.
Unfortunately for Joanna, Carl – consumed by jealousy and bitterness after discovering his wife had a brief affair – has used genetic engineering to clone three younger copies of her.
Based on a novel by Fay Weldon, The Cloning of Joanna May is a darkly compelling modern-day fairy tale. With performances from a strong cast, this highly acclaimed two-part series, originally screened in 1992, is directed by the BAFTA-winning Phillip Saville
Oliver Ford Davies