Shirley Valentine was a 1989 British film, based on a one-woman 1986 play by Willy Russell. It tells the story of a bored middle-aged housewife who goes on holiday to Greece without her husband and rediscovers herself with the intimate help of a local barman.
The Sunday People, now known as The People, is a tabloid newspaper which frequently features celebrity and sex scandals. It is often read by people with dyed blonde hair who wear leopardskin tops.
(not that there's anything wrong with dyed blonde hair - ed.)
(or leopardskin tops - webmaster)
A coffee place that is no longer. Dickins and Jones (spelling, Bridget!) was a London department store that closed in 2006 due to substantial losses.
Marks & Spencer is a British retail chain with a reputation for selling up-market products, particularly food and clothing. Its flagship store is on Oxford Street near Marble Arch, in London's West End.
Le Creuset is a French manufacturer, best known for its cast iron range of cookware.
Selfridges is a luxury department store, similar to Harrods and Harvey Nichols, a few doors down from the Oxford Sreet M&S.
Omar Sharif is an Egyptian actor, most famous for his roles in Lawrence of Arabia and Doctor Zhivago. Swoon!
Cosmopolitan is a monthly women's magazine which offers advice on sex, relationships, fashion and beauty. It features a series of lifestyle quizzes centred around these issues.
Joanna Lumley is now more famous as the patron saint of the Gurkhas, the Nepalese unit of the British army whose veterans' cause she took up in 2009.
Debenhams is another department store with a flagship building on Oxford Street. Not quite in the same league as Selfridges, which may say something about the relative standing of Mrs Jones's new "friend".
A reference to The Ant and the Grasshopper, a cautionary tale by Aesop about planning ahead.
Iconic American actor and comedian Groucho Marx starred in a number of feature films during the 1920s and 1930s, alongside his brothers, Harpo and Chico. He later went on to pursue a career in radio and television.
In his 1959 autobiography, Groucho and Me, Marx recalled how he sent a telegram to a Hollywood club he had recently joined, which read:
Please accept my resignation. I don't want to belong to any club that will accept me as a member.