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)
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 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)
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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 Cumnor (3 episodes, 1999)
Shaughan Seymour ...
 Lord Hollingford (3 episodes, 1999)
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 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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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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[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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Nocturne No. 5 in B-Flat Major
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A Rare Gem
12 September 2001 | by (Harrisburg, PA) – See all my reviews

After some deliberation, I have decided that this miniseries is one of my favorite movies of all time. Why? Because I can make no complaints whatsoever about this film. First, the screenplay, written by the wonderfully talented Andrew Davies of "Pride and Prejudice" (my favorite film of all time) and "Middlemarch" fame (the latter is on my list of must-sees). "Wives and Daughters" is based on the novel of the same name written by Elizabeth Gaskell. It tells the story of young Molly Gibson (Waddell), who lost her mother at a young age, but is raised by her loving father, the town doctor. When Mr. Gibson remarries, Molly's world is turned upside down. Now she has to contend with her daft and, at times, conniving stepmother, Hyacinth (Annis), and her worldly stepsister, Cynthia (Hawes). Despite their vast differences in temper, Molly and Cynthia become fast friends, but a secret from Cynthia's past stands to stain Molly's impeccable reputation. Meanwhile, Mr. Gibson's old friend, Squire Hamley, has two sons, studious Roger, and tortured Osbourne. Osbourne, the family favorite, has a few secrets of his own, but it is the younger Roger who not only proves himself the most responsible of the two, but also wins the heart of Molly and also a piece of Cynthia's as well. Will Molly finally have some happiness of her own? Well, after 3 1/2 hours, you'll find out.

Now, the actors. Superb! Justine Waddell (Tess of the D'Urbervilles, Great Expectations) is excellent and totally convincing as the strongwilled yet innocent Molly. Keeley Hawes (Cater Street Hangman, Our Mutual Friend) is wonderful as always. Bill Paterson (Mr. Gibson) is perfect as Molly's doting and protective father. And how can I forget Roger, played by Anthony Howell in his first television role? Wow, not only is he amazingly easy on the eyes, but he is a superb actor, who hails from various theatre troupes in England. The supporting actors and actresses are splendid, as well. As for the scenery and costumes, perfection. Nothing more to add on that account. One of the most memorable scenes to look out for is when Molly catches Roger's eye at a party given in his honor. I don't want to get into a lot of detail, but let me say that fortunately I recorded W&Ds, and I rewound that scene and also the last half hour at least 10 times. The ending is perfect! Definitely no disappointments. Please see "Wives and Daughters" if you already haven't. Even if you don't like period dramas, make an exception in this case!


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