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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 Hyacinth Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Molly Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Gibson (4 episodes, 1999)
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 Cynthia Kirkpatrick (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)
Ian Carmichael ...
 Lord Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
Tonia Chauvet ...
 Aimée (3 episodes, 1999)
Elizabeth Spriggs ...
 Mrs. Goodenough (3 episodes, 1999)
Barbara Leigh-Hunt ...
 Lady Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Robinson (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Lady Harriet Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
Shaughan Seymour ...
 Lord Hollingford (3 episodes, 1999)
Fred Pearson ...
 Mr. Sheepshanks / ... (3 episodes, 1999)
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 Mr. Coxe (2 episodes, 1999)
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 Lizzie Goodenough (2 episodes, 1999)
Georgie Glen ...
 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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Esposas e hijas  »

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The blue striped dress with long sleeves worn by a guest at the Towers in the opening scene is the same costume worn by Gwyneth Paltrow (Emma Woodhouse) at Hartfield in Emma (1996), and by Mali Harries (Ann Rood) for her wedding in Byron (2003). The same costume is also worn by one of the maids at Chawton Cottage in Miss Austen Regrets (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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Hole in the Wall
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Extremely entertaining with some terrific performances
14 August 2003 | by (Cheshire.England) – See all my reviews

I found this mini-series extremely entertaining. The acting was excellent. Michael Gambon was particularly outstanding. Justine Waddell did a wonderful job with Molly. She could have been an insufferable prig, but Justine brought such sincerity and vulnerability to her that you took her to your heart. Francesca Annis touched all the right buttons with her characterisation of the social climbing wife and Bill Paterson's wry humour and warmth made his relationship with Molly all the more realistic. Every role was well performed and no-one struck an artificial note. The settings, of course, were superb. How can you fail with the wonderful wealth of historic houses and the countryside available in England. The costumes,too, were excellent. No detail was missed. This series is one you can watch several times and still find new facets in the characterisations. PLEASE let us have more of this quality. Highly recommended.


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