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Wives and Daughters 

TV-PG | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1999– )
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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Storyline

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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Trivia

The tan striped gown with teal scallop trim at the hem worn by a guest at the Easter Ball is the same costume worn by Greta Scacchi (Mrs. Weston) in the final scene of Emma (1996), and by Emma Pierson (Fanny Dorrit) to visit Mrs. Merdles in Little Dorrit (2008). See more »

Quotes

[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 »

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Hole in the Wall
(Hornpipe from "Abdelazer")
Written by Henry Purcell
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Loved every second of it
1 December 2003 | by See all my reviews

I have been a lover of period dramas for many years but I have to say that this is my all time favorite. Forget Pride and Prejudice, forget Sense and Sensibility, Wives and Daughters has to be the best one I have ever seen!

I loved the cast, the story, the setting everything. The story of Molly Gibson was wonderful, and I've never enjoyed a period drama quite so much! Me and Molly fell in love with Rodger and Osbourn together, and the hellish step mother story was wonderful. Coupled with her loving father this drama really gives you that warm glow inside. It was a pleasure to watch when it first came out, and is still a pleasure to watch on video.


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