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Maybe Baby
Directed by Ben Elton and Hugh Laurie (uncredited)
Produced by Phil McIntyre
Written by Ben Elton
Starring Hugh Laurie
Joely Richardson
Music by Colin Towns
Pandora Cinema
BBC Films
Distributed by Redbus Film Distribution
Release date
  • 2 June 2000 (2000-06-02) (UK)
  • 24 August 2001 (2001-08-24) (U.S.)
Running time
104 minutes
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $20,501 (USA)

Maybe Baby is a 2000 British comedy film starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson. It was written and directed by Ben Elton and Hugh Laurie, this one uncredited, and based upon the novel of Elton Inconceivable.



Sam Bell (Laurie) and wife Lucy (Richardson) are a married couple struggling for a baby, having tried everything they can think of to improve their chances of conceiving. At the same time, Sam begins to find his job (as a commissioning editor of drama at the BBC) increasingly unfulfilling. While he resolves to write his own screenplay, he begins to suffer writer's block. The idea dawns upon him to write about his own predicament, something to which Lucy objects strongly. He uses her diary entries to help him achieve authenticity, and the film is a success. Lucy finds out about the film and, shocked, leaves Sam. Eventually they reconcile and at the end of the story are still trying for a baby.

It marks the second time Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson have starred in the same film - the first was 101 Dalmatians (although they shared no scenes).



The Buddy Holly title song is performed by Paul McCartney and co-produced by McCartney and Jeff Lynne, who presumably play all the instruments between them - see "Maybe Baby" (song).

"I Don't Wanna Fight", a song from Westlife's self-titled debut album, is played in the last part of the movie.

Melanie C's song, "Suddenly Monday", also appears on the soundtrack, alongside tracks by Roxy Music, Lene Marlin, Atomic Kitten, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, George Michael and Madness.

Laurie co-wrote and performed the humorous blues song, "Sperm Test in the Morning".


Rotten Tomatoes reported a 46% approval rating with an average rating of 5.1/10 based on 28 reviews.[1]

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  1. ^ "Maybe Baby (2000)". Rotten Tomatoes. Retrieved 2 February 2014.