Tide of Life follows the fortunes of young housekeeper, Emily Kennedy, as she learns about relationships with three very different men. Forced from home of her first employer, Sep McGilby ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Gillian Kearney ...
 Emily Kennedy (3 episodes, 1996)
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 Sep McGilby (3 episodes, 1996)
Susie Burton ...
 Lucy Kennedy (3 episodes, 1996)
Gez Casey ...
 Solicitor's Clerk (3 episodes, 1996)
Gary Catlin ...
 Fishmonger (3 episodes, 1996)
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 Con Fullwell (3 episodes, 1996)
Chris Connaughton ...
 Solicitor's Clerk (3 episodes, 1996)
Freddie Davies ...
 Goldsmith (3 episodes, 1996)
Carola Douglass ...
 1st village woman (3 episodes, 1996)
Patricia Dunn ...
 Mrs. Goodyear (3 episodes, 1996)
Judi Earl ...
 3rd village woman (3 episodes, 1996)
William Finnigan ...
 Driver (3 episodes, 1996)
Nora Fulton ...
 2nd village woman (3 episodes, 1996)
Valerie Georgeson ...
 Aunt Mary (3 episodes, 1996)
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 Cole, the Butcher (3 episodes, 1996)
Gordon Griffin ...
 Waiter (3 episodes, 1996)
Charlie Hardwick ...
 Alice Broughton (3 episodes, 1996)
Jessica Hawick ...
 Maria (3 episodes, 1996)
Rod Jinks ...
 Carter (3 episodes, 1996)
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 John Kennedy (3 episodes, 1996)
Brian Leaf ...
 Painter (3 episodes, 1996)
Jordan Lorimer ...
 Tommy Broughton (3 episodes, 1996)
Donald McBride ...
 Mr. Tooton (3 episodes, 1996)
Anne Orwin ...
 Jessie Blackmore (3 episodes, 1996)
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 Nick Stuart (3 episodes, 1996)
Analice Kate Ramsey ...
 Kate Broughton (3 episodes, 1996)
Alan Renwick ...
 Working Man (3 episodes, 1996)
Willie Ross ...
 Abbie (3 episodes, 1996)
Leslie Schofield ...
 Joe Barker (3 episodes, 1996)
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 Larry Birch (3 episodes, 1996)
Shirley Winters ...
 Woman in Street (3 episodes, 1996)
Mary Woodvine ...
 Lizzie Rowan (3 episodes, 1996)
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Tide of Life follows the fortunes of young housekeeper, Emily Kennedy, as she learns about relationships with three very different men. Forced from home of her first employer, Sep McGilby after his plans to marry her come to tragic end, Emily finds work as housekeeper for farmer, Larry Birch. Another tragedy occurs, and when Nick Stuart inherits the farm owned by Birch's wife, Nick gives Emily a new future. Written by Anonymous

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A melodramatic Victorian soap opera
30 March 2005 | by (Orange County, CA USA) – See all my reviews

"The Tide of Life" is a 3x45 minute TV period miniseries (circa late 1800's) based on the novel by prolific authoress Catherine Cookson. The film follows the life and loves of the winsome, dutiful, hard-working, and ever honest button-cute housekeeper Emily (Gillian Kearney) as she strives to carve a life for herself from the farms and villages of rural coastal NE England. As watch Emily overcome one hardship after another in her quest for happiness, her dauntless and earnest approach to life always serving her well, this melodramatic tale passes quickly through time skimming over details and leaving many characters under-developed as though the entire novel was crammed into 3 hours giving it a rushed feel with no lingering in the moment. "The Tide of Life" is not the best of the Victorian TV dramas coming out of the UK and pales before the likes of "The Forsyte Saga" or "The Mayor of Casterbridge". Nonetheless, it should be an enjoyable watch for distaff viewers into Victorian drama. (B)


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