Helen Mirren starred as Alma Rattenbury in ITV’s two-part television film about Britain’s most famous “Cause Célèbre”. Co-starring a young David Morrissey, Mirren is a bored housewife, married to a wealthy man, who falls for their young gardener. When her husband is found murdered, the police tries to convict Rattenbury that she passionately tricked her lover into killing her husband. Mirren played an equally strong female character, a classic in literature, in Edna O’Brien’s adaptation of “Madame Bovary” at the Watford Palace Theatre. Her third performance in 1987 was another Hollywood audity – she took over the supporting role of Princess Amelia in Shelley Duvall’s “Fairy Tale Theatre”‘s very loose adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid”, co-starring Treat Williams and Pam Dawber.