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Wives and Daughters (1999)

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The daughter of a country doctor copes with an unwanted stepmother, an impetuous stepsister, burdensome secrets, the town gossips, and the tug on her own heartstrings for a man who thinks of her only as a friend.

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Series cast summary:
 Hyacinth Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
 Molly Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
 Mr. Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
 Cynthia Kirkpatrick (4 episodes, 1999)
 Miss Phoebe (4 episodes, 1999)
 Miss Browning (4 episodes, 1999)
Emily McKenzie ...
 Maria (4 episodes, 1999)
 Mr. Preston (4 episodes, 1999)
 Osborne Hamley (4 episodes, 1999)
 Roger Hamley (4 episodes, 1999)
 Squire Hamley (4 episodes, 1999)
Ian Carmichael ...
 Lord Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
Tonia Chauvet ...
 Aimée (3 episodes, 1999)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
 Mrs. Goodenough (3 episodes, 1999)
 Lady Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
 Robinson (3 episodes, 1999)
 Lady Harriet Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
Shaughan Seymour ...
 Lord Hollingford (3 episodes, 1999)
Fred Pearson ...
 Mr. Sheepshanks / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
 Mr. Coxe (2 episodes, 1999)
 Lizzie Goodenough (2 episodes, 1999)
Georgie Glen ...
 Miss Hornblower (2 episodes, 1999)
Jacqueline Pilton ...
 Mrs. Dawes (2 episodes, 1999)
 Mr. Henderson (2 episodes, 1999)
Roddy Maude-Roxby ...
 St. Hilaire (2 episodes, 1999)
Dariel Pertwee ...
 Lady Cuxhaven (2 episodes, 1999)
Ben Illis ...
 Mr. Wynne (2 episodes, 1999)
Gordon Gostelow ...
 Williams (2 episodes, 1999)
 Mrs. Hamley (2 episodes, 1999)


For many years, young Molly Gibson had lived a blissful sheltered life with her widower father. However, her world is shaken with the introduction of new acquaintances and situations. Molly becomes friends with a landed gentry family, which includes two brothers with very different temperaments. Meanwhile, her father marries a widow with a daughter close in age to Molly. Eventually, Molly becomes a trusted confidante for her new friends and family; but the secrets become burdensome, as the gossip begins to circulate about Molly herself. Written by L. Hamre

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Did You Know?


The blue and white print gown worn by a guest at the Easter Ball is the same costume worn by Julia Sawalha (Maria) to church in Hornblower: Duty (2003). See more »


[to Mr. Preston]
Cynthia Kirkpatrick: I didn't sell myself. I liked you then, but oh, do I hate you now!
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Featured in The Best of Masterpiece Theatre (2007) See more »


Tu t'en repentiras, Colin
Sung by Keeley Hawes
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Superb!!! A must see!
18 February 2001 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

"Wives and Daughters" is adapted from the unfinished Victorian novel of Mrs. Elizabeth Gaskell and is produced by the same creative geniuses that gave us A&E/BBC's 1995 "Pride and Prejudice."

"Wives and Daughters" is adapted from the unfinished Victorian novel of Mrs. Elizabeth Gaskell and is produced by the same creative geniuses that gave us A&E/BBC's 1995 "Pride and Prejudice."

This story centers around girl-next-door Molly Gibson (Justine Waddell of "Mansfield Park," "Tess" and "Great Expectations") and her father, the town doctor (Bill Patterson). Their idyllic lives are turned upside down when Mr. Gibson remarries the selfish, self-absorbed Claire Fitzpatrick (Francesca Annis) and her beautiful daughter Cynthia (Keeley Hawes of "Our Mutual Friend") join the household. The brothers Osborne (Tom Hollander) and Roger (handsome newcomer Anthony Howell who reminds me of a young Mel Gibson) Hamley add romantic interest to the tale. However, the Hamleys come from old English stock and the squire Hamley (veteran actor Michael Gambon) desires his sons to marry into "wealthy old English families." Before long, Molly falls for Roger and Roger falls for Cynthia and we, the viewers, find some surprising discoveries along the way!!

Memorable supporting characters include the goodhearted Browning sisters, town gossip Mrs. Goodenough, mysterious Mr. Preston (Iain Glen) and the aristocratic Cumnor family. Justine Waddell is luminous as Molly and Michael Gambon and Francesca Annis turn in memorable performances. The scenery, costumes and production values are all excellent. Screenwriter Andrew Davies - who also penned P&P - gives us a satisfying, romantic new ending that would make Mrs. Gaskell proud. I loved every moment of this adaptation! If you are an Anglophile, enjoy a great love story or are a fan of Mrs. Gaskell, this is the film for you!!

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