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Percival Miller
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Riah Millican
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Biddy Millican
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Tol Briston
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Madame Gallmington
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Anthony Gallington
Wendy Williams ...
Grace Gallmington
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Laurence Gallmington
Aran Bell ...
Stephen Gallmington
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Paul Gallmington
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Lucy Gallmington
Madeleine Moffat ...
Jessie Hobson
Val McLane ...
Annie Griston
James Garbutt ...
Doctor Pritchard
Donald Bisset ...
Mr. Morgan
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In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a black velvet gown, and even educates her children. But when Riah discovers the reason behind Miller's gifts, she vows to leave his house, but Miller has a hold on her, even after his death, when he leaves his house to her on the condition that she never marry. Riah's daughter, Biddy, grows up and becomes a laundress in a large house where her education keeps her from fitting in and makes her a target. But it also catches the eye of a son of the house, and with Miller's legacies, Biddy may yet find her way to happiness. Written by Kathy Li

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27 September 2000 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Upstairs, Downstairs plot from a story by prolific author Catherine Cookson is interesting enough but some grotesque overacting and the plodding direction ruin it. Bob Peck, so wonderful in `Edge of Darkness' mugs outrageously, gangly Oscar-nominee Janet McTeer doesn't age as her little children become adults. The Tyne-Tees TV costume department has been plundered for flat caps and smocks, the accents are all `When the boat comes in'


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