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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 Mr. Gibson 4 episodes, 1999
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 Miss Phoebe 4 episodes, 1999
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 Miss Browning 4 episodes, 1999
Emily McKenzie ...
 Maria / ... 4 episodes, 1999
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 Mr. Preston 4 episodes, 1999
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 Osborne Hamley 4 episodes, 1999
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 Roger Hamley 4 episodes, 1999
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 Squire Hamley 4 episodes, 1999
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Tonia Chauvet ...
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 Mrs. Goodenough 3 episodes, 1999
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 Lady Cumnor 3 episodes, 1999
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 Robinson 3 episodes, 1999
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 Lady Harriet 3 episodes, 1999
Shaughan Seymour ...
 Lord Hollingford 3 episodes, 1999
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 Sheepshanks / ... 3 episodes, 1999
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 Mr. Coxe 2 episodes, 1999
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 Lizzie Goodenough 2 episodes, 1999
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 Miss Hornblower 2 episodes, 1999
Jacqueline Pilton ...
 Mrs. Dawes 2 episodes, 1999
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 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
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 Mrs. Hamley 2 episodes, 1999
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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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The madder red and gold print gown Justine Waddell (Molly Gibson) wears walking with Roger at The Towers is the same gown worn by Lynda Bellingham (Mrs. Lupin) at the inn in Martin Chuzzlewit (1994), and by Emma Pierson (Fanny Dorrit) wears to visit the Gowans in Venice in Little Dorrit (2008). See more »

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Lord Cumnor: I'm sorry I said anything about it now. I'll try to find a more agreeable piece of news.
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Lord Cumnor: Old Marjorie at the lodge is dead.
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Featured in The Best of Masterpiece Theatre (2007) See more »

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Splendid
17 November 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

A treasure, really. I enjoy films portraying this period, but this is above all my favorite. The acting is incredibly touching. I was in awe with the portrayal of the story throughout its entirety.

Waddell portrayed the character of Molly so well, it made me ache for her. Her obvious childishness throughout the movie makes her eventual development so much more satisfying. She is one of the best dynamic characters I have seen on film. Paterson is all at once likable, firm, loving to his daughter, annoying, and trustworthy. Truly a real characters, full of depth, intricacies, and idiosyncrasies.

This movie reads like an excellent, cozy book. I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys excellent acting and reading fine literature.


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