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16 February 1996 (UK) See more »
In mid-19th century Yorkshire, Hannah Boyle is left with the family of Matthew Thornton, the man her dying mother claims fathered her... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Siobhan Flynn ... Hannah Boyle

Jonathan Cake ... Ned Ridley

Mark Benton ... Fred Loam
Susan Jameson ... Mrs. Daisy Loam

Jill Baker ... Anne Thornton
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Kerry Angus ... Dickinson
David Auker ... Walters
Charlotte Barrymore ... Young Margaret
Oliver Cheetham ... John Thornton
Jon Croft ... Mr. Beaumont
Denny Ferguson ... Dapper Man
Scott Frazer ... Dandy Smollett
James Garbutt ... Grandad
Donald Gee ... Reverend Crewe
Daphne Goddard ... Miss Barrington

Emily Hamilton ... Margaret Thornton
Laura Harling ... Young Betsy
David Hartley ... Gentleman at Ball
Stephen Hawksby ... Shields (as Steven Hawksley)
Brendan P. Healy ... Bill Nicholson
Nancy Lodder ... Betsy Thornton
Guy Manning ... Solicitor
Lizzie McKenzie ... Bella
Annie Miles ... Sally Warrington
Ursula Mohan ... Miss Rowntree
Cheryl Moody ... Young Hannah

Stuart Piper ... Young John
Lesley Saint-John ... Nancy Boyle
Leonard Silver
Malcolm Stoddard ... Matthew Thornton
Stephen Thirkeld ... Bill Warrington
Ian Thompson ... Dr. Arnison
Sarah Turnbull ... Jessie
David Wheatley ... Pearman

Directed by
David Wheatley 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Catherine Cookson 
Gordon Hann  screenplay

Produced by
Don Bell .... associate producer
Ray Marshall .... producer
Peter Moth .... executive producer
Original Music by
Colin Towns 
Cinematography by
Doug Hallows 
Film Editing by
Mark Day 
Production Design by
Ashley Wilkinson 
Costume Design by
Rita Reekie 
Makeup Department
David Myers .... makeup artist
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nael Abbas .... first assistant director
John McKeown .... third assistant director
Caroline Richards .... second assistant director
Sound Department
Martin Beresford .... boom operator
Nic Grant .... sound recordist
Danny Longhurst .... sound editor
Camera and Electrical Department
Darren Miller .... focus puller
Other crew
Barbara McFarlane .... production coordinator

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Another Catherine Cookson classic, 15 July 2013
Author: qljsystems from England

A good story never fades or ages, and that can be said for all of the movie-versions of Catherine Cookson's powerful novels. In spite of this movie being almost 20 years old, the power of its story and the depiction of the mean-hearted, neglectful wealthy and the struggles of the poor in Britain's North East, the hallmark setting of a Catherine Cookson story, remains timeless. Like all the movie-realizations of her novels, we're shown an almost green-and-pleasant England with its fair share of cruelty, nobility, non-starry-eyed romance, and tragedy transforming into personal triumph. All 2+ hours of this story will fly past in almost no time leaving you sorry that you reached the end.

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