The Cinder Path (1994)

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Tale of a farmer's son who gets involved with two sisters, then goes to fight in the trenches in WW1.

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Series cast summary:
 Victoria Chapman (3 episodes, 1994)
 Charlie MacFell (3 episodes, 1994)
Polly Adams ...
 Florence Chapman (3 episodes, 1994)
Antony Byrne ...
 Ginger Slater (3 episodes, 1994)
 Arthur Benton (3 episodes, 1994)
Maria Miles ...
 Nellie Chapman (3 episodes, 1994)
Victoria Scarborough ...
 Betty MacFell (3 episodes, 1994)
 Polly Benton (2 episodes, 1994)
Rosalind Ayres ...
 Mary MacFell (2 episodes, 1994)
 Edward MacFell (2 episodes, 1994)
Alan Bird ...
 Old Arnold (2 episodes, 1994)
David Hounslow ...
 Sgt. Timms (2 episodes, 1994)
Rupert Wickham ...
 Lt. Radlett (2 episodes, 1994)


Edward MacFell is a prosperous Northumberland farmer with a sadistic bent. He routinely hurts and humiliates family members and workers alike. When he goes too far, he becomes the victim of a murder made to appear an accident. His mild-mannered son Charlie witnesses the crime and protects the killer in the name of friendship and justice. But there is still another witness, Ginger Slater, an embittered farm hand with blackmail on his mind. Charlie is inveigled into a disastrous marriage with Victoria Chapman, the promiscuous county belle, unaware that her sister Nellie is in love with him. Then comes the war. When Charlie tires of his sister's carping and his wife's infidelities, he signs up--as an enlisted man, and finds himself in the charge of a sergeant with an axe to grind: Sgt. Ginger Slater. Written by Debbie Vanderwerff

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12 February 1995 (USA)  »

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The German soldiers are wearing the Picklhauber helmets. As this is 1917 they would be wearing the M16 steel helmet. See more »


Charlie: Don't worry, Nellie. If I can get through marriage with your sister, I can get through the bloody war!
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A highly enjoyable drama
22 May 2005 | by (Lemuria) – See all my reviews

The Cinder Path is a quite typical British TV-drama film/miniseries. It is one of those epic sorts of films that I really enjoy watching, like "Lorna Doone" or "Sharpe". Lloyd Owen, of the "Monarch of the Glen" fame, is quite impressive here as Charlie McFell, a man who was abused by his sadistic father and when his father is murdered, he protects the killer. He now has to take charge of the family farm, which is not an easy task for the introverted Charlie.He then hastily marries Victoria, daughter from a wealthy local family who is cold and deceptive. Zeta-Jones is outstanding in this part.

The story is very well crafted and builds up to a dramatic finale. Many are likely to find inspiration in the character of Charlie and his struggle to overcome his past and become a man of integrity. Hopeless romantics will also enjoy the romance between Charlie and Nellie, Victoria's much kinder sister.

All in all, this is as good as a BBC TV drama can get and also involves some impressively reenacted WW1 action. 9 1/2 out of 10.

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