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
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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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The Home Children
25 January 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I remember watching this on PBS "Masterpiece Theater". It was the first Canadian production shown on Masterpiece Theater.

It is based on the "Home Children" project. The project's aim was to emigrate British children to Canada where they were adopted by Canadian families. Most of these children were orphans and abandoned children. As you can imagine some of these children were treated very well by these families, others were not. The program sent about 100,000 children to Canada between the 1860s to the 1930s (or 1940s according to some sources).

"Heaven on Earth" is loosely based around the plight of these Home Children. The story centers around 4 teenagers who are sent to live in 3 very different homes.

It is a very moving program and if you can find it on video or DVD (or if it's ever shown again on TV), I highly recommend it.


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