Thompson (1988)

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Celebrated British actress Emma Thompson briefly headlined her own wacky sketch-comedy series on the BBC, beginning November 10, 1988. It was difficult to accurately describe Thompson, since no two episodes were quite alike. Appearing in support of the star were her then-husband, Kenneth Branagh, her actress mother Phyllida Law, and her older sister Sophie Thompson. Among the guest stars were such British luminaries as Robbie Coltrane, Joanna David, and Harold Innocent. Though many viewers were entertained and fascinated by the series' off-the-wall sense of humor, Emma Thompson herself regarded the show as a failure, and shed no tears when BBC pulled the plug on Thompson after six episodes on December 15, 1988.