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Series cast summary:
Jan Graveson ...
 Betty Watford (3 episodes, 1995)
Christine Kavanagh ...
 Rosina Lagrange (3 episodes, 1995)
 Manuel Mendoza (3 episodes, 1995)
 Annabella Lagrange (3 episodes, 1995)
Jean Heywood ...
 Amy (3 episodes, 1995)
 Edmund Lagrange (2 episodes, 1995)
 Lady Constance (2 episodes, 1995)
Avril Elgar ...
 Alice Piecliff (2 episodes, 1995)
Jack McBride ...
 Armourer (2 episodes, 1995)
D. James Newton ...
 Willy Fairbairn (2 episodes, 1995)
Harrison Philips ...
 Big Fellow (2 episodes, 1995)
Ford Prefect ...
 Michael Fairbairn (2 episodes, 1995)
 Agnes Fairbairn (2 episodes, 1995)
Crispin Redman ...
 George Boston (2 episodes, 1995)
Catherine Terris ...
 Mrs. Fairbairn (2 episodes, 1995)
Ralph Watson ...
 Mr. Fairbairn (2 episodes, 1995)
 Jessie (2 episodes, 1995)


Set in 1870s England, the story tells of Annabella Lagrange and the terrible secret her wealthy parents have kept from her. When she finally learns the truth, she runs away and eventually finds solace in the company of her family's former groom, a young Irishman with the very Spanish name of Manuel Mendoza. Together they travel the Northumbria countryside from job to job in his horse and caravan, Annabella trapped in limbo between her upper class upbringing which has rejected her, and the working class who are sometimes suspicious of her, only Manuel understanding her situation. Written by

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6 January 1995 (UK)  »

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Catherine Cookson's The Glass Virgin  »

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Edmund Lagrange: That's right, Annabella. Your mother's a whore.
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Dull, slow, and insipid
21 March 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Baby-faced Brendan Coyle does about as well as can be expected with the terrible writing. And that's the high point of the film. Seriously. Even the wigs are bad, much less the writing, directing, and acting. It's almost impossible to care what happens to these characters, because they are boring and stupid. Emily Mortimer in particular is beyond irritating in the ingénue role. Only worth watching if you want to feel old and tired by the end, because this movie drags on so painfully, you'll think the run time is at least twice as long as it actually is. Although, I suppose you could make a drinking game out of it, by, say, taking a shot every time the weather changes to match the character's moods, or every time a character completely overreacts to something, or every time there's an awkward attempt at a beefcake shot featuring Mr. Coyle, or every time you find yourself wondering why Ms. Mortimer has such ridiculously over-sized hair, etc.

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