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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 Mrs. Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Molly (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Cynthia (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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 Lord Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
Tonia Chauvet ...
 Aimee (3 episodes, 1999)
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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 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 »

Quotes

Lord Cumnor: I'm sorry I said anything about it now. I'll try to find a more agreeable piece of news.
[pause]
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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Nocturne No. 5 in B-Flat Major
Written by John Field
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Superb! - Buy the DVD and wallow in this marvellous production!
13 November 2001 | by (Southport Lancashire Uk) – See all my reviews

The BBC is well known for its high quality costume dramas and this is one of the best in recent years. Elizabeth Gaskell is not an author that I was familiar with except for her usually being known as 'Mrs. Gaskell', which immediately makes her work offer the prospect of being a bit staid. Well not a bit of it! This production is intelligent, witty and thoroughly charming throughout. When it was shown as a serial, I couldn't wait for the next episode! Every member of the cast is exceptional, but special praise for Justine Waddell and Francesca Annis. I defy anybody not to become thoroughly involved in the story of Molly and her family/friends. Elizabeth Gaskell never finished the novel, sadly dying before its completion, but I feel certain that she would have wholeheartedly approved of the BBC's ending which is absolutely heartwarming! Even if you dislike period drama, I urge you to give this one a try, I know that my DVD copy will be getting a lot of use in the coming years - many thanks BBC!


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