After a lifetime of sibling rivalry, mousy May accepts an invitation from her recently-widowed younger sister June, to live with her in her elegant home.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Christine Kavanagh ...
June Symonds
Mortuary Attendant
May Thrace
Woman on train
Mr. Thrace
May (aged 3)
Gabrielle Reidy ...
Mrs. Thrace
Man on train
May (aged 13)
Claire Szekeres ...
June (aged 10)
John Moreno ...
Taxi driver
Asian Mother
Anisha Gangotra ...
Asian Girl
Dhrupal Goldman ...
Asian Girl (as Dhupral Patel)
Sally Sanders ...


When her brother-in-law William Symonds dies, May Thrace returns to her home town after a 20 year absence to attend his funeral. She is not there, as she makes quite plain, to visit her now widowed sister June. The two have been estranged for a long-time and have not seen or spoke to one another since their mother's funeral 7 years before. Even as children, they bickered constantly and May always felt that June was her parents', especially her father's, favorite. May and William were once engaged but that soon came to an end when William met and eventually married June. May attempted suicide as a result of her broken heart. June would very much like to reconcile with May and asks her to come and live with her. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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7 February 1997 (UK)  »

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William Symonds: I'm surprised that someone with so sweet a voice can sound so stern.
May Thrace: [Coldly referring to the orphans] They have to know where they stand.
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Jill Tumbles Down
25 March 2008 | by (Virginia Beach) – See all my reviews

Once a writer sends her stuff into the world, there's only so much control she has. Selling film rights might best be done with regard to how they will be handled, and not just in trade for a peerage.

That's because they will suffer a fate like this.

Rendell is one of the few writers who understands mystery, and who has helped reinvent the genre for modern tastes, including the cinematic vocabulary in literature. She's actually pretty good. But what she did was sell the rights to all her works in one package, which has then been sold to the public as Ruth Rendell Mysteries.

Well, this little story is not a mystery. Not close. It may have been an interesting read. I haven't read it, but can well imagine how she handled the internals of these characters. The producers have a hungry beast to feed, however — that nasty time slot of a fixed length that needs to be filled every week.

So they stretch this thing, reshaping it in the process to something rather unwatchable. The only thing that can be said is that the story makes sense. That's rare for TeeVee, but hardly enough for anyone to waste time with this.

Ted's Evaluation -- 1 of 3: You can find something better to do with this part of your life.

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