Screen Two: Season 3, Episode 9

Heaven on Earth (1 Mar. 1987)

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Heaven On Earth follows several children and teens as they are sent from their homes in Wales and England to Canada. Host families await them and each child must adapt to their new ... See full summary »

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Episode credited cast:
Torquil Campbell ...
Len Hawkins
Fiona Reid ...
Abigail
Sian Leisa Davies ...
Megan Davies
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Nathan Adamson
Huw Davies ...
Gareth Andrews
Donna Edwards ...
Sophie Payne
David Hughes
Alison MacLeod ...
Lorna
Loreena McKennitt ...
Lady traveler
Maureen McRae ...
Mrs. Macdonald
Nicholas Rice ...
Gentleman traveler
Judy Sinclair
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Mr. Macdonald
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Heaven On Earth follows several children and teens as they are sent from their homes in Wales and England to Canada. Host families await them and each child must adapt to their new surroundings, deal with their new duties and families and survive by holding into their friendships. Heaven on Earth is based on historical events and focuses on the trials and hardships of children who were unwanted but ultimately found their place in the world. Written by Maureen A. Bothe

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25 March 2006 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

I still have a soft spot for this movie, after all these years. The young actors playing the four main characters were so touching, and the music was so haunting I can still hear it in my head. Of course, it was scored by Loreena McKennitt, so it had a very haunting quality that she captures so well. R. H. Thompson was one of my favourite performers, in the role of the grieving widower who is falling for the young woman to whom his late wife convinced him to open their home. I found especially interesting the attention to the society of the time and place. People were moved by charity to help the orphans from overseas, but once closer to home, the gossip and tolerance of cruelty were less than charitable.

I taped this movie from TV years ago - it was on a *Beta* tape, not VHS!! (All you young'uns out there go look up "Beta") so anyhow that tape is long since useless. The NFB in Canada did release it on video, I borrowed it (again, years ago) from the public library in Winnipeg. But unless Masterpiece Theatre decides to market its back catalogue ( which I doubt will happen) we are likely out of luck. Incidentally, I watched it when it aired on MT, and it had been edited for time (it aired in Canada, and likely the UK, before that). The Canadian version was longer, but I can't remember what was cut for the MT version.


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