2   1  
1980   1979  


Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Black Velvet Gown (TV Movie 1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In the 1830's in northern England, Riah Millican, a widow with three children, takes a job as housekeeper to a reclusive former teacher, Percival Miller. Miller makes Riah the gift of a ... See full summary »

Director: Norman Stone
Stars: Bob Peck, Janet McTeer, Geraldine Somerville
The Glass Virgin (TV Mini-Series 1995)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

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 ... See full summary »

Stars: Jan Graveson, Christine Kavanagh, Brendan Coyle
A Dinner of Herbs (TV Mini-Series 2000)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
Stars: Tom Goodman-Hill, Jonathan Kerrigan, Melanie Clark Pullen
Rag Nymph (TV Mini-Series 1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Seperated from her prostitute mother as the woman flees on foot down the filthy mid-19th century streets of Newcastle from the police, ten year old Millie is taken under the wing of rag ... See full summary »

Stars: Val McLane, Alec Newman, Christine Anderson
Ethan Frome (1993)
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A new pastor arrives in a stark Vermont village and is intrigued by crippled, misshapen Ethan Frome living on an isolated, hardscrabble farm with his sickly wife Zeena.

Director: John Madden
Stars: Liam Neeson, Patricia Arquette, Gil Rood
Clarissa (TV Series 1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

A virtuous young woman is oppressed by her ambitious family and a rake who's becomes obsessed with her.

Stars: Sean Bean, Saskia Wickham, Jonny Phillips
The Black Candle (TV Movie 1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Yorkshire in the 1880's: Joe Skinner marries Lily Whitmore, the woman he has long admired, to give a name to her illegitimate child by Lionel Fillmore, the opportunistic son of an ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Battersby
Stars: Cathy Sandford, Nathaniel Parker, James Gaddas
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Louisa Trotter works her way up from being a skivvy to being the Queen of cooks, cook to the King, and owner of the Bentinck Hotel. Her life and happenings among the guests and staff of the... See full summary »

Stars: Gemma Jones, Victoria Plucknett, John Welsh
The Tenant of Wildfell Hall (TV Mini-Series 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Based on a little known 1848 novel by Anne Bronte, Tara Fitzgerald stars as an enigmatic young woman who moves to 19th Century Yorkshire with a young son. Distancing herself from everyone ... See full summary »

Stars: Toby Stephens, Tara Fitzgerald, Rupert Graves
The Dwelling Place (TV Mini-Series 1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Set in the 1830's, the film tells the story of 16-year-old Cissie Brodie after the death of parents, and the repossession of the family home. She finds a barren place to live and care for ... See full summary »

Stars: Tracy Whitwell, Lucy Cohu, Ray Stevenson
The Girl (TV Movie 1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

In mid-19th century Yorkshire, Hannah Boyle is left with the family of Matthew Thornton, the man her dying mother claims fathered her. Ill-treated by Thornton's bitter and vindictive wife ... See full summary »

Director: David Wheatley
Stars: Siobhan Flynn, Jonathan Cake, Mark Benton
Madame Bovary (2014)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Bored in her marriage to a country doctor and stifled by life in a small town, the restless Emma Bovary pursues her dreams of passion and excitement, whatever they may cost.

Director: Sophie Barthes
Stars: Logan Marshall-Green, Ezra Miller, Mia Wasikowska


Series cast summary:
 Anna Brigmore / ... (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
 Mary Peel (11 episodes, 1979-1980)
Gillian Lewis ...
 Jane Radlet (9 episodes, 1979-1980)
Matthew Long ...
 Harry Bensham (8 episodes, 1979-1980)
 Donald Radlet (7 episodes, 1979)
Ian Saynor ...
 Matthew Radlet (7 episodes, 1979)
Pippa Guard ...
 Barbara Farrington (7 episodes, 1979)
Julia Chambers ...
 Constance Radlet / ... (7 episodes, 1979)
June Ritchie ...
 Constance Radlet (6 episodes, 1980)
 Barbara Mallen / ... (6 episodes, 1980)
Gerry Sundquist ...
 Michael Radlet (6 episodes, 1980)
John Southworth ...
 Michael Radlet Sr. (6 episodes, 1979)
 John Bensham (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jeremy Clay ...
 Jim Waite (6 episodes, 1980)
Julie Shipley ...
 Sarah Waite (6 episodes, 1980)
Michael Thomas ...
 Dan Bensham (6 episodes, 1980)
Victoria Williams ...
 Kate Bensham (6 episodes, 1980)


Add Full Plot | Add Synopsis







Release Date:

29 May 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

I Mallens  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


(7 episodes)


See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Early Cookson Adaptation Filled With Melodrama
18 June 2007 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

well, even more melodrama than is in a Catherine Cookson adaptation. I got this DVD box set awhile ago and tried to watch it and found it so over the top I put it aside.

I've been on a Cookson kick (rewatching all my DVDs and videos) so I pulled the Mallen set out and started watching it and still cringed through the first two episodes -- the acting, especially by David Rintoul (under much better direction and control in the 80s BBC Pride and Prejudice), is ridiculous. His acting is really quite like an old SNL skit -- picture Dan Ackroyd and John Belushi and Bill Murray putting on exaggerated posh Brit acting and you'll have his performance.

The veteran Irish actor playing the Matriarch actually gets better as the series progresses -- there is a very difficult rape scene right at start of the film (actually what turned me off when I first tried to watch this)and it's really hard to wrap your head around this dominant character (meaning he's constantly in the storyline).

At any rate, the locations are pretty, but be prepared that this is shot much like the 80s BBC dramas, where indoors is on video and outdoors is on film and it's a bit disconcerting as they shift back and forth. The indoor sets are very rudimentary and look almost like a theatrical set, but the outdoors are nicely lush.

If you can get past the dated aspects (the horrible overacting, the style in which it's shot, etc.), it's always nice to have the full Cookson library at your period-melodrama command.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The mother and the son bensmybaby
help., 3 or 4 dvds alisonlouisebell
Discuss The Mallens (1979) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: