"A Woman of Substance"
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"A Woman of Substance" (1984) More at IMDbPro »

Season: 1
Year: 1985

Season 1

Season 1, Episode 1: Episode #1.1

2 January 1985
As her children plot the takeover of her retail empire, Emma Harte plans her own counter-moves against them. Emma started life as a maid in the home of Adam Fairley, the wealthy local mill owner. She works hard not only at the Fairley's but also in her own home taking care of her father, two brothers and a bedridden and dying mother. At the manor house, she is particularly attentive to Mrs. Fairley a depressive alcoholic who is unhappily married and whose sister has effectively replaced her in her marriage. Emma soon strikes a friendship with the youngest son Edwin but develops a deep dislike for the oldest boy Gerald. Mrs. Turner, the Fairley's cook warns her that working folk and the gentry don't mix but Emma doesn't care. When she becomes pregnant, she realizes just how far her friendship with Edwin goes and realizes that he will not do the right thing by her. She decides to take Blackie O'Neill's advice and heads for Leeds.

Season 1, Episode 2: Episode #1.2

3 January 1985
Now in Leeds, the pregnant Emma Harte learns that Blackie O'Neill has gone to Ireland to care for a sick friend. She finds a place to stay but has tried everywhere to get a job with no success. Her luck changes when she rescues a middle-aged man, Abraham Kallinski, be stoned by two boys. Kallinsky is a Jew and while Emma doesn't quite understand why the boys were stoning him, she is invited to the Kallinsky home where she is warmly welcomed and given a job in one of their clothing factories. She quickly rises from seamstress to cutter and eventually a designer. Emma works long hours, her ambition driven by the fear of poverty. After the birth of her child, Edwina, she rents a shop from Joe Lowther and her business is a huge success. She and Joe eventually marry and she then gets her opportunity, opening a large department store in Leeds. She continues working with the Kallinski family eventually expanding to owning textile mills and clothing manufacturing. When World War I comes along, both Joe and Blackie are called up but only one of them will return.

Season 1, Episode 3: Episode #1.3

4 January 1985
As Emma Harte's empire grows, she arranges her assets in such a way as no one knows she is the buyer, noting that most men don't like dealing with a woman on business matters. The various layers of ownership come in quite handy as George Fairley drinks and gambles his family businesses away and she gets a opportunity to buy them cheap. She is lonely however and decides to marry the family solicitor, young Arthur Ainsley but the marriage is a failure. When she meets Australian Paul McGill, she meets the love of her life. Their marital status doesn't prevent them from living a happy life until, just before the outbreak of World War II, he has to return to Australia. In the present day, Emma takes action against her children who have been plotting a takeover of her empire.

Jenny Seagrove ... Young Emma Harte

Barry Bostwick ... Maj. Paul McGill

Deborah Kerr ... Emma Harte

Diane Baker ... Laura O'Neill

Peter Chelsom ... Edwin Fairley
John Duttine ... Joe Lowther

Peter Egan ... Adam Fairley
Mick Ford ... Frank Harte
Christopher Gable ... Arthur Ainsley
Christopher Guard ... Gerald Fairley

Dominic Guard ... Winston Harte
Del Henney ... Jack Harte

Gayle Hunnicutt ... Olivia Wainwright

Barry Morse ... Murgatroyd

Liam Neeson ... Blackie O'Neill

Nicola Pagett ... Adele Fairley

Miranda Richardson ... Paula McGill Amory
Joris Stuyck ... David Kallinski
Meg Wynn Owen ... Elizabeth Harte

George Baker ... Bruce McGill
Megs Jenkins ... Mrs. Turner
Harry Landis ... Abraham Kallinski

John Mills ... Henry Rossiter

Derek Lyons ... Waiter
Amanda Hillwood ... Daisy McGill (uncredited)
Robert James ... Mr. Ainsley (uncredited)

Saskia Reeves ... Edwina (uncredited)

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