Wealthy estate owner sir Michael Audley willingly marries a gold-digger, his only daughter Alicia's governess Lucy née Gray. Sir Michael's dashing, in-living orphaned nephew Robert 'Bob' ... See full summary »
Betsan Morris Evans
When the father of privileged Rosina da Silva violently dies, she decides to pass herself off as a gentile and finds employment with a family in faraway Scotland. Soon she and the family ... See full summary »
The refined Lady Isabel Carlisle, after leaving her family and enduring nearly a decade of hardships, learns that her son has fallen ill. Despite being nearly blinded as the result of an explosion, she returns home to see her son again.
Catherine Sloper has found the man of her dreams in Morris Townsend, but her plans to marry him are strongly opposed by her father, who believes Townsend is only interested in his daughter ... See full summary »
Jennifer Jason Leigh,
Seeking to escape the stifling London court society, the beautiful headstrong Lady Dona St. Columb flees to her family estate on the Cornish coast. Her new freedom swiftly brings her into ... See full summary »
An impoverished woman who has been forced to choose between a privileged life with her wealthy aunt and her journalist lover, befriends an American heiress. When she discovers the heiress is attracted to her own lover and is dying, she sees a chance to have both the privileged life she cannot give up and the lover she cannot live without.
Helena Bonham Carter,
A young Englishman plots revenge against his mysterious, beautiful cousin, believing that she murdered his guardian. But his feelings become complicated as he finds himself falling under the beguiling spell of her charms.
I enjoyed pretending I was living in 1861 when this novel was written in a society which had a paucity of medical knowledge when they referred to tuberculosis as consumption.In a bitter way it was the fashionable way to go with artists and classical musicians succumbing to its deadly hold on the lungs.Death was a frequent visitor to Victorian families. On a brighter note it was pleasant to see Kenneth Connor, Rodney Bewes & Annette Crosbie in serious dramatic roles instead of clowning around in sitcoms and "Carry On " films.I also spotted Tim Woodward who played the "Ideal Husband" in a 1985 BBC production of Oscar Wilde's play.If any other users have seen the film "A Girl Must Live" (1938) starring Margaret Lockwood, there is a scene set in a theatrical boarding house where Margaret is introduced to the other guests in the profession and a Miss Pokehorne whose claim to fame was she "was the noises off in East Lynne"! IMDb rated this famous Victorian melodrama 1982 TV movie 7.5 at the time I viewed it and I too rated it at 7.
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