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Take a Girl Like You (2000– )

TV Series | Comedy, Drama, Romance

The novel opens with Jenny Bunn's arrival at her lodging-house. She's a young, strikingly beautiful, provincial Northern woman who has moved to a London suburb to take her first teaching job. Jenny has rented a room in the home of a ...See moreThe novel opens with Jenny Bunn's arrival at her lodging-house. She's a young, strikingly beautiful, provincial Northern woman who has moved to a London suburb to take her first teaching job. Jenny has rented a room in the home of a middle-aged couple, Dick and Martha Thompson. Dick Thompson, is apparently some sort of an auctioneer and his wife Martha Thompson is bored, cynical, and openly suspicious of attractive young Jenny. The Thompsons' other lodger, Anna, is apparently French. Jenny soon meets Patrick Standish, an acquaintance of the Thompsons, who is immediately attracted to her. Patrick takes Jenny on a date to what seems to her to be a fashionable, upmarket Italian restaurant, but which Amis makes clear is a classless suburban pseudo-Italianate place. Impressed, Jenny lets Patrick take her back to the house he shares with Graham, an unattractive Scottish schoolmaster. Heavy petting ensues and Patrick assumes that Jenny will sleep with him, but instead she rebuffs him and explains that she intends to remain a virgin until she is married. The rest of the novel concerns itself with Patrick's attempts to seduce Jenny (and his first efforts at sexual fidelity), and with Jenny's attempts to fend off his attentions and those of many others who are attracted to her. Eventually, Patrick gives Jenny an ultimatum: either she goes to bed with him or the relationship is over. Jenny finds herself unable to comply and they part. However, at a party given by the flashy and dubious Julian Ormerod (occupation unclear), Patrick takes advantage of an inebriated and defenceless Jenny in a guest bedroom. When she realises what has happened, Jenny is furious and tells Patrick she never wants to see him again; later the same day she decides to accept what she believes is her "destiny" and they reunite. See less
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Updated Nov 26, 2000

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May 13, 2001 (United States)

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Sienna Guillory
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Rupert Graves
Patrick Standish Patrick Standish   See fewer
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Robert Daws
Dick Thompson Dick Thompson   See fewer
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Emma Chambers
Martha Thompson Martha Thompson   See fewer
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Neil Jones
Horace Charlton Horace Charlton   See fewer
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Ian Driver
Graham McClintoch Graham McClintoch   See fewer
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Jeff Rawle
Mr. Charlton Mr. Charlton   See fewer
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Hugh Bonneville
Julian Ormerod Julian Ormerod   See fewer
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Kathy Kiera Clarke
Anna Le Page Anna Le Page   See fewer
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Amelia Warner
Sheila Torkingham Sheila Torkingham   See fewer
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Rupert Vansittart
Headmaster Headmaster   See fewer
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Bridget McConnell
Miss Sinclair Miss Sinclair   See fewer
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Dave Hill
Mr. Bunn Mr. Bunn   See fewer
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Nina Young
Wendy Wendy   See fewer
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Marsha Fitzalan
Lady Dot Edgerstone Lady Dot Edgerstone   See fewer
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Leslie Phillips
Lord Archie Edgerstone Lord Archie Edgerstone   See fewer
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Jacki Piper
Mrs. Bunn Mrs. Bunn   See fewer
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Andy Linden
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Sarah Whitlock
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Margaret Wheldon
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7.1 / 10 | 257 votes